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January 7, 2014

NC State seeking first ACC win at Notre Dame

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Game facts

NC State (10-4, 0-1 ACC) at Notre Dame (10-4, 1-0 ACC)

Game time: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 9 p.m. — Purcell Pavilion at Joyce Center, South Bend, Ind.

Television: ACC Network

Probable starters

NC State
PG — 2 Anthony Barber (6-2, 170, Fr., 12.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.7 apg)
SG — 5 Desmond Lee (6-4, 200, Jr., 10.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg)
SF — 24 T.J. Warren (6-8, 215, Soph., 23.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.6 spg)
PF — 10 Lennard Freeman (6-8, 245, Fr., 4.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.9 apg)
C — 14 Jordan Vandenberg (7-1, 245, 5th-Sr., 6.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.5 bpg)

Notre Dame
PG — 0 Eric Atkins (6-2, 182, Sr., 13.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.4 spg)
SG — 23 Demetrius Jackson (6-1, 195, Fr., 7.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.0 apg)
SF — 24 Pat Connaughton (6-5, 214, Jr., 13.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg)
PF — 30 Zach Auguste (6-10, 242, Soph., 6.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.4 apg)
C — 11 Garrick Sherman (6-11, 255, 5th-Sr., 14.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg)

Notre Dame

Location: South Bend, Ind.

Nickname: Fighting Irish

2012-13 record: 25-10 overall and 11-7 in Big East (T-5th place)

2013 postseason: Lost 76-58 to Iowa Sate in its first game of the NCAA Tournament.

Coach: Mike Brey 18th season overall (394-198) and 13th season at Notre Dame (295-146).

Series: Notre Dame leads 4-3.

Last meeting: NC State 61-48 on Nov. 26, 2005, in Indianapolis, Ind.


Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish have gone 126-11 at Purcell Pavilion since the 2006-2007 season, with a win over Duke last Saturday the latest home win. Notre Dame has had to play its last two games without star small forward Jerian Grant, who was declared academically ineligible for the second semester for violating school rules. He averaged 19.0 points and 6.2 assists per game, and shot 40.8 percent from three-point land … Senior point guard Eric Atkins has picked things up in Grant's absence. The 6-2, 182-pounder had 30 points, seven assists and went 6 of 8 from three-point land in a win over Canisius Dec. 29, and followed with 19 points and 11 assists in the win over Duke last Saturday. He is averaging 13.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game, and is shooting 39.7 percent from three-point land … Former Michigan State transfer Garrick Sherman has become a difficult cover in the low post. The 6-11, 255-pounder is averaging 14.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and had a season-high 29 points against Iowa Dec. 3. He has three double-doubles on the season, and he has reached at least 10 points in all bout two games … Junior wing Pat Connaughton, who is 6-5 and 214 pounds, is averaging 13.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, and shooting a blistering 44.7 percent from three-point land. The baseball pitcher scored 21 points against both North Dakota State Dec. 11 and Delaware Dec. 7. He has three double-doubles and has scored in double figures in all but three contests … Sophomore power forward Zach Auguste and fifth-year senior power forward Tom Knight rotate in with Sherman, and junior Austin Burgett is a fourth post player off the bench. The 6-10, 242-pound Auguste averages 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, and 6-10, 258-pound Knight is right behind at 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds a contest. Knight has five starts and Auguste earned the start against Duke … Freshman guard Demetrius Jackson was a McDonald's All-American point guard selection, but is playing off the ball with Atkins. The 6-1, 195-pound Jackson is averaging 7.4 points and 2.0 assists per game, and is shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc … Freshmen wings Steve Vasturia and V.J. Beachem have spots in the rotation after Grant's situation. The 6-6, 207-pound Vasturia had nine points on 3 of 5 three-pointers against Duke.

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