Duke vs Notre Dame Preview
MONDAY, JAN. 31, 2022 | PURCELL PAVILION | NOTRE DAME, IN | 7 PM ET
Overall: Duke leads, 27-8
In Durham, NC: Duke leads, 9-2 (9-2 at Cameron Indoor)
In Notre Dame, IN: Duke leads, 7-4 (7-4 at Purcell Pavilion)
Last Meeting: Notre Dame, 93-89 (2/9/21 @ Duke)
Coach K vs. Notre Dame: 20-7
Last 10 Games (Streak): Duke, 7-3 (Notre Dame, 1W)
Play-by-Play: Dan Shulman
Analyst: Cory Alexander
Sideline: Andraya Carter
Producer: Kim Belton
Network: Blue Devil Sports
Play-by-Play: David Shumate
Analyst: John Roth
Engineer: John Rose
Stream: GoDuke.com; Varsity app
Sirius/XM: 84 / 84
Duke vs Notre Dame:
In a battle of teams tied for second in the ACC standings, No. 9 Duke and Notre Dame collide on Big Monday at Purcell Pavilion.
Notre Dame enters Monday’s game having won five straight and 10 of its last 11, including a 69-65 win over Virginia Saturday at home. As a team, Notre Dame’s .379 three-point percentage ranks fourth in the ACC. The Irish are shooting .411 from downtown in conference play, which ranks third. Only one team has scored 80+ points on the Irish this season — an 82-72 loss at Illinois on Nov. 29. The Irish are 7-2 in conference play as are the Blue Devils.
Senior Dane Goodwin and freshman Blake Wesley lead the team in scoring at 15.4 and 15.0 points per game, respectively. Goodwin is shooting .516 from the field and .500 (48-of-96) from three-point range to join Duke’s AJ Griffin as one of the 13 players nationally shooting .500+ from three with at least 50 attempts. Nate Laszewski leads the Irish in rebounding at 7.5 per game, he’s also shooting the ball at a 47% clip from beyond the arc. Senior Prentiss Hubb his the high assist man at 3.6 for Notre Dame.
The Blue Devils began a stretch of three straight road games with a 74-65 win at Louisville on Saturday. Its next two road foes — Notre Dame and North Carolina — are a combined 21-0 at home. Duke and Notre Dame are meeting for the 36th time, with the Blue Devils leading 27-8, which includes a 75-65 win at Purcell last season. Duke enters the game with the nation’s third best assist/turnover ratio of 1.72 and the team has assisted on 70 percent of its field goals over the last five games; 60 percent for the season. The Blue Devils also rank top 15 nationally and lead the ACC in field goal shooting, assists, scoring margin, scoring offense and blocks. Five-time ACC Freshman of the Week, Paolo Banchero is averaging a double-double over Duke’s last five games with 17.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and a .524 field goal percentage in that span. He’s leading the Blue Devils in both scoring and rebounding. Banchero has set a career high in rebounds in three of the last four games, including 15 at Louisville on Saturday. Banchero is sixth in the ACC in scoring (17.6), fifth in rebounding (8.3), ninth in field goal pct. (.500) and leads all power conference true freshmen nationally in scoring. In ACC play, his 18.9 points lead the conference, while his 9.4 rebounds are second.
Wendell Moore Jr. is the high assist man for the Blue Devils on the season, averaging 4.6 to go along with his 14.9 points per game. Sophomore Mark Williams, a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, leads the ACC and is 11th nationally in blocks (3.2). Williams is Duke’s second leading scorer and rebounder over the last five games with 14.6 points and 9.2 boards.
Freshman AJ Griffin set a Duke freshman record for three-point accuracy with his 5-of-5 at Louisville on Saturday, matching career highs in points (22) and made three-pointers (five). Griffin is one of only 13 players nationally averaging .500 or better from three-point range with a minimum of 50 attempts. He is one two major conference players, the only major conference freshman and one of four freshmen nationally doing so.
Duke vs Notre Dame: Keys to the Game
For the Blue Devils, on the defensive end, it begins with guarding the perimeter. The Irish are shooting 41% from 3 in ACC games with 2 starters shooting well over 45%. Duke has to make Notre Dame into a 2 point shooting team. Dane Goodwin is shooting the 3 at a crazy percentage on the season at 50%, but it’s not enough just to make him into a 2 point shooter, he’s shooting at a 52% rate there as well. Guarding the corner 3 especially, in scramble defense situations will be crucial as will defensive rebounding. Long rebounds off of 3-pointers could be an issue on the glass for Duke but if they can figure that out fast break opportunities could present themselves. Duke had zero fast break points against Louisville.
Prentiss Hubb has not been a huge offensive factor for the Irish, shooting only 40% from the field but I feel like he’s due a breakout game. Just going by the scouting report may not be enough, Hubb his a senior, looking to break through offensively and if Duke isn’t careful and cognizant he could very well have that type of game.
The Irish are not a very deep team only playing 7 players Duke should have a depth advantage and should be able to utilize that depth. At the time of writing this freshman Trevor Keels’ status is undetermined which limits the Blue Devils in the backcourt.
Offensively the Blue Devils should have an advantage on the Irish, with mismatches in the front court. Taking good shots and team shots will be crucial, even more paramount will be being strong with the basketball and not turning it over. Duke in recent games have not valued the ball like a top-10 team, that changed against Louisville and will need to be duplicated against the Irish.
DUKE VS NOTRE DAME OVERALL
DUKE VS NOTRE DAME CONFERENCE
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
DUKE VS NOTRE DAME
Duke Blue Devils
Guard Jeremy Roach 6’1, 180lbs – Sophomore
Guard / Forward Wendell Moore 6’5, 213lbs – Junior
Forward AJ Griffin 6’6, 222lbs – Freshman
Forward Paolo Banchero 6’10, 250lbs – Freshman
Center Mark Williams 7’1, 242lbs – Sophomore
Guard Prentiss Hubb 6’3, 176lbs – Senior
Guard Blake Wesley 6’5, 185lbs – Freshman
Guard Dane Goodwin 6’6, 208lbs – Senior
Forward Paul Atkinson Jr. 6’9, 230lbs – Grad Student
Forward Nate Laszewski 6’10, 235lbs – Junior