Louisville will travel to South Bend, IN on Saturday to face-off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish inside the Joyce Center. The Irish under Mike Brey have been short-handed for the second consecutive season (they played only 6 players on Wednesday night vs. NC State) and the results have been mixed early in the 2019-2020 season.
But better Louisville teams and worse Notre Dame teams have resulted in incredibly tough games inside the Joyce Center during this series.
ND started the season with a loss on the road vs. North Carolina and then won 6 in a row before losing two-games in a row in early December to Maryland & Boston College. The Irish have also lost to Indiana and NC State. To date the best wins of the season came against UCLA and Syracuse.
Statistically the Irish are a high-scoring team…. but they also see a very high number of possessions in relation to the rest of college basketball. They shoot OK from the field. Notre Dame does NOT foul. ND is #1 in the nation in team fouls and that’s necessary considering the short bench Mike Brey has to deal with. As such they don’t rebound super-aggressively on the offensive end.
The one stand out stat categories beyond the lack of fouls is the overall defense, the # of assists and lack of turnovers. This is a well-coached team despite its limited roster. Louisville will have to beat Notre Dame as the Irish are not going to beat themselves.
|Strength of Schedule (Ken Pom)||106th||259th|
|PPG||75.3 (68th)||75.6 (64th)|
|Avg Scoring Margin||14.3 (14th)||10.1 (38th)|
|Field Goal %||46.9% (33rd)||42.6% (198th)|
|Effective FG%||53.7% (35th)||50.5% (126th)|
|2-pt FG %||52.6% (66th)||49.0% (176th)|
|3-pt FG %||37.0% (41st)||34.8% (98th)|
|FT %||71.5% (136th)||70.7% (157th)|
|Team Fouls Per Game||16.3 (89th)||11.9 (1st)|
|Opp Team Fouls Per Game||17.1 (217th)||15.4 (312th)|
|FT Attempted Per Game||18.5 (169th)||16.4 (263rd)|
|Opp FT Attempted Per Game||14.8 (45th)||11.5 (3rd)|
|Opp Shooting %||36.5% (5th)||39.3% (41st)|
|Opp Effective FG%||42.4% (9th)||45.7% (61st)|
|Opp 2-pt FG %||41.8% (12th)||43.1% (25th)|
|Opp 3-Pt FG %||28.8% (31st)||33.2% (180th)|
|Rebound Rate||55.3% (14th)||50.5% (143rd)|
|Assists Per Game||14.7 (59th)||18.3 (3rd)|
|Turnovers Per Game||12.3 (70th)||9.9 (2nd)|
|Blocks Per Game||2.9 (183rd)||4.4 (49th)|
|Steals Per Game||4.7 (334th)||6.1 (199th)|
|Opp Turnovers Per Game||10.9 (338th)||12.9 (222nd)|
|Opp Blocks Per Game||2.3 (19th)||3.3 (187th)|
|Opp Steals Per Game||5.5 (47th)||5.1 (23rd)|
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