The Indiana Hoosiers (5-5) and the 18th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-2) travel to Indianapolis for a Saturday afternoon contest at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The game will tip-off at 2:30 and it will be broadcast on Fox. In a series that dates back to 1908, this will be the 72nd meeting between the two storied programs, with Indiana winning 49 of the previous 71 contests. On Wednesday we took a look back at some of the more memorable Indiana wins over Notre Dame.
Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey is in his 23rd overall season as a head coach and holds a 489-241 career record. Indiana Head Coach Arch Miller is in his 7th overall season as a head coach and holds a 144-68 career record.
Below we’ve provided a detailed statistical profile comparison of Indiana and Notre Dame. Both teams are 10 games into their respective seasons.
NOTABLE STATISTICAL MATCHUPS, OUTLIERS AND OTHER THINGS TO WATCH FOR
- Rebounding a wash? Notre Dame is not a strong offensive rebounding team but IU isn’t especially strong on the defensive glass. On the other end (ND DR / IU OR) both teams are above average but not elite.
- ND is 3rd in the nation in turnovers committed per game while IU ranks 229th in forced turnovers. If ND is allowed to efficiently run its offense that will present problems for the Hoosiers. It’s a similar script on the other end where ND ranks 298th in turnovers forced while IU ranks 63rd in turnovers committed per game.
- No surprise, IU’s 3-point field defense will once again be something to watch. Opponents are shooting 40.1% from distance against the Hoosiers which is nearly last in the country. The Irish are 10th in the country shooting 42.6%. If there’s a silver lining it would be that ND doesn’t shoot a lot of 3’s, ranking 247th in total attempts.
- Indiana’s own 3-point shooting will be something to watch as well. They have shooters with Johnson, Hartman, Green, and Newkirk, but the shots haven’t been falling. The Hoosiers are 305th with 6 3’s a game and 290th with 60 total 3’s on the season. Notre Dame is 82nd as it has held opponents to 31.5% shooting from distance. ND is likely to focus on stopping Morgan and Davis which will mean the shooters will have to knock down shots.
- Indiana may not earn a lot trips to the free throw line. Notre Dame is 2nd in the nation with only 13 fouls per game. Maybe that’s OK? IU is 298th in the country shooting 65.1% from the stripe. Notre Dame shoots a much more effective 74.5%, good for 64th nationally.