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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Chicago St. at Notre Dame
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 29, 2014
Where: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, South Bend, Indiana

Notre Dame has been getting baskets from a variety of sources, and the Fighting Irish will try to continue that trend when they host Chicago State on Saturday. Jerian Grant, Zach Auguste, Pat Connaughton and Demetrius Jackson each are averaging at least 12 points. Grant, who leads the club at 17.5, topped the team in scoring two years ago and was averaging a team-high 19 last season when he was suspended for the rest of the campaign after 12 games due to an academic matter.

Grant has reached double figures in scoring each of the last eight games, Auguste the past seven and Jackson the previous four, which is a career high. Two years ago, Grant scored 22 points to lead Notre Dame to a 92-65 win over Chicago State. Connaughton also played in that game, one of 88 consecutive starts he has made and 91 overall in his Notre Dame career.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3

ABOUT CHICAGO STATE (2-5): The best player for the Cougars is Clarke Rosenberg, a 6-4 shooting guard who averages 17.3 points. Rosenberg, who scored 16 points two years ago against the Fighting Irish, is coming off his lowest-scoring game of the season - a 10-point performance in Wednesday’s loss to Western Carolina. He missed all five of his 3-point attempts, the first time this season he’s gone without a basket from beyond the arc.

ABOUT NOTRE DAME (5-1): .Forward V.J. Beachem looked like he’d give the Fighting Irish a fifth player in double figures after combining for 35 points in the first three games, but he’s settled down with just 13 in the last three to dip his average to eight per game. He has good size at 6-8 but prefers to play on the perimeter, taking 23 shots from 3-point range this season and making 12. Connaughton, at 6-5, is Notre Dame’s top rebounder with an average of 8.2.

TIP-INS

1. Notre Dame has scored at least 74 points in each of its six games this season, the first time it has accomplished that feat since 2001-02.

2. The Fighting Irish are 54-1 at home in the month of November under coach Mike Brey.

3. Notre Dame has made at least one 3-pointer in 515 straight games.

PREDICTION: Notre Dame 74, Chicago State 59
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Chicago St. 2-5 L3 2-0 0-3 0-2 1-3 1-2 0-0
Notre Dame 5-1 W1 4-0 0-0 1-1 2-1 3-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Chicago St. Notre Dame
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/26/12 CHS 65 ND 92 65 26 36.1 92 34 61.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Chicago St. C. Rosenberg 16 33.3 7
Notre Dame J. Grant 22 81.8 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Chicago St. M. Ross 7 2 5
Notre Dame J. Cooley 11 5 6
Assists Player  
Chicago St. Q. Pippen 4
Notre Dame E. Atkins 11
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Chicago St. C. Rosenberg 121 44.9 21
Notre Dame J. Grant 103 57.8 21
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Chicago St. T. Palmer 33 18 15
Notre Dame P. Connaughton 49 5 44
Assists Player  
Chicago St. A. Glover 19
Notre Dame J. Grant 45
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago St. Off vs  Notre Dame Defense
56.0 Points For
59.3 Points Against
35.8 FG%
38.6 FG%
32.2 Reb
25.2 Reb
Notre Dame Off vs  Chicago St. Defense
85.7 Points For
75.0 Points Against
58.0 FG%
50.0 FG%
25.2 Reb
30.6 Reb