2008–09 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team

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2008–09 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball
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National Invitational Tournament, Semifinals, L, 59-67
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
2008–09 record 18–14 (8–10 Big East)
Head coach Mike Brey
Assistant coach Sean Kearney
Assistant coach Rod Balanis
Assistant coach Anthony Solomon
Home arena Edmund P. Joyce Center
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Louisville 16 2   .889     31 6   .838
#4 Pittsburgh 15 3   .833     31 5   .861
#5 Connecticut 15 3   .833     31 5   .861
#11 Villanova 13 5   .722     30 8   .789
#23 Marquette 12 6   .667     25 10   .714
#13 Syracuse 11 7   .611     28 10   .737
West Virginia 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Providence 10 8   .556     19 14   .576
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Cincinnati 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
Seton Hall 7 11   .389     17 15   .531
Georgetown 7 11   .389     16 15   .516
St. John's 6 12   .333     16 18   .471
South Florida 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
Rutgers 2 16   .111     11 21   .344
DePaul 0 18   .000     9 24   .273
2009 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 4, 2009[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team represents the University of Notre Dame in the 2008-09 college basketball season, competing in the Big East Conference. The team is led by ninth-year head coach, Mike Brey, and plays their home games in the Edmund P. Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Preseason[edit]

Roster changes and recruiting[edit]

Notre Dame lost senior forward and team captain Rob Kurz to graduation. Freshman guard Ty Proffit left Notre Dame and transferred to another school[2] Notre Dame had two players transfer in and they will sit out this season per NCAA rules for transfer students.[3]

  • Scott Martin, a 6-8 swingman, transferred after his freshman season at Purdue. Playing mainly off the bench, he averaged 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
  • Ben Hansbrough, a 6-3 guard, transferred after his sophomore season at Mississippi State, and will have two years of eligibility remaining. The younger brother of North Carolina superstar Tyler Hansbrough, he comes off a sophomore season in which he averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists as a regular starter.

Notre Dame did not sign any recruits from high school for the 2008-09 class.[4]

Preseason outlook[edit]

With returning Big East Player of The Year Luke Harangody, the Irish were picked to finish fourth in the Big East conference by the Big East coach's poll.[5] Harangody was also a unanimous first-team all-Big East selection and was picked to repeat as player of the year.[5] Senior point guard Kyle McAlarney also made first-team all-Big East selection.[5] Notre Dame is also looking to keep its 37 consecutive home game win streak alive.

Notre Dame was selected as the pre-season No. 9 team in the country in the USAToday/ESPN preseason coaches poll, the program's highest ever preseason ranking in that poll.[6] The Irish also debuted at No. 9 in the AP preseason poll, the fifth time Notre Dame has been ranked in the top 10 of that poll and its first top 10 ranking since the 1980-81 season.[7]

Regular season[edit]

Roster[edit]

Name Number Position Year Home Town
Tim Abromaitis 21 F Sophomore Farmington, CT
Tim Andree 41 F Junior Colts Neck, NJ
Ryan Ayers 42 F/G Senior Blue Bell, PA
Ben Hansbrough 22 G Junior Poplar Bluff, MO
Luke Harangody 44 F Junior Schererville, IN
Zach Hillesland 33 F Senior Toledo, OH
Tory Jackson 2 G Junior Saginaw, MI
Tom Kopko 5 G Sophomore Chicago, IL
Scott Martin 14 G Sophomore Valparaiso, IN
Kyle McAlarney 23 G Senior Staten Island, NY
Tyrone Nash 1 G/F Sophomore Queens, NY
Jonathan Peoples 20 G Junior Bellwood, IL
Carleton Scott 34 F Sophomore San Antonio, TX
Luke Zeller 40 F/C Senior Washington, IN

Source:[8]

Hansbrough and Martin are not eligible to play due to NCAA transfer rules.

Coaches[edit]

Name Position Year at
Notre Dame
Alma Mater (Year)
Mike Brey Head coach 9th George Washington (1982)
Sean Kearney Assistant head coach 9th Scranton (1981)
Rod Balanis Assistant coach 9th Georgia Tech (1993)
Anthony Solomon Assistant coach 4th * Virginia (1987)
Martin Ingelsby Coordinator of basketball operations 4th Notre Dame (2001)

*Solomon returns to the staff for his fourth year after a previous stint from 2000-2003.

Schedule and Results[edit]

Date Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
Regular Season
November 16, 2008* #9 USC Upstate W 94–58  1–0 Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,282)
November 21, 2008* #8 at Loyola Marymount W 65–54  2–0 Gersten Pavilion (4,534)
November 24, 2008* #8 vs. Indiana
(Maui Invitational First Round)
W 88–50  3–0 Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
November 25, 2008* #8 vs. #6 Texas
(Maui Invitational Semi-Final)
W 81–80  4–0 Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
November 26, 2008* #8 vs. #1 North Carolina
(Maui Invitational Final)
L 87–102  4–1 Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
November 30, 2008* #8 Furman W 93–61  5–1 Edmund P. Joyce Center (10,037)
December 2, 2008* #7 South Dakota W 102–76  6–1 Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,753)
December 6, 2008* #7 vs. Ohio State
(The Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase)
L 62–67  6–2 Lucas Oil Stadium (17,007)
December 13, 2008* #12 Boston University W 74–67  7–2 Edmund P. Joyce Center (10,515)
December 20, 2008* #12 Delaware State W 88–50  8–2 Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,350)
December 22, 2008* #8 Savannah State W 81–49  9–2 Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,260)
December 31, 2008 #7 at DePaul W 92–82  10–2 (1–0) Allstate Arena (9,881)
January 3, 2009 #7 at St. John's L 65–71  10–3 (1–1) Madison Square Garden (9,807)
January 5, 2009 #13 #10 Georgetown W 73–67  11–3 (2–1) Edmund P. Joyce Center (11,418)
January 10, 2009 #13 Seton Hall W 88–79  12–3 (3–1) Edmund P. Joyce Center (11,079)
January 12, 2009 #12 at #20 Louisville L 87–73  12–4 (3–2) Freedom Hall (19,865)
January 17, 2009 #12 at #8 Syracuse L 93–74  12–5 (3–3) Carrier Dome (30,021)
January 24, 2009 #19 #3 Connecticut L 69–61  12–6 (3–4) Edmund P. Joyce Center (11,418)
January 26, 2009 #8 Marquette L 71–64  12–7 (3–5) Edmund P. Joyce Center (11,418)
January 31, 2009 at #3 Pittsburgh L 93–80  12–8 (3–6) Petersen Events Center (12,508)
February 4, 2009 at Cincinnati L 93–83  12–9 (3–7) Fifth Third Arena (7,692)
February 7, 2009* at #15 UCLA L 89–63  12–10 (3–7) Pauley Pavilion (11,492)
February 12, 2009 #5 Louisville W 90–57  13–10 (4–7) Edmund P. Joyce Center (11,418)
February 15, 2009 South Florida W 67–57  14–10 (5–7) Edmund P. Joyce Center (11,418)
February 18, 2009 at West Virginia L 79–68  14–11 (5–8) WVU Coliseum (13,126)
February 21, 2009 at Providence W 103–84  15–11 (6–8) Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,600)
February 25, 2009 Rutgers W 70–65  16–11 (7–8) Edmund P. Joyce Center (10,203)
February 28, 2009 at #2 Connecticut L 72–65  16–12 (7–9) Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
March 2, 2009 #11 Villanova L 77-60  16–13 (7–10) Edmund P. Joyce Center (11,418)
March 6, 2009 St. John's W 74-55  17–13 (8–10) Edmund P. Joyce Center (11,028)
Big East Tournament
March 10, 2009 vs. Rutgers W 61-50  18–13 Madison Square Garden (19,375)
March 11, 2009 vs. West Virginia L 74-62  18–14 Madison Square Garden (19,375)
2009 NIT Tournament
March 17, 2009* UAB W 70–64  19–14 Edmund P. Joyce Center (2,039)
March 19, 2009* New Mexico W 70–68  20–14 Edmund P. Joyce Center (3,013)
March 25, 2009* Kentucky W 77–67  21–14 Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,636)
March 31, 2009* vs. Penn State
(NIT Final Four)
L 59–67  21–15 Madison Square Garden (11,352)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Rankings[edit]

Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 9 8 8 7 12 12 8 7 13
Coaches 9 9 8 7 13 14 11 10 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2008-09." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-23-10.
  2. ^ "Ty Proffitt Leaves Notre Dame Basketball Program". und.com. 2008-08-28. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Ben Hansbrough And Scott Martin Join Irish Basketball Program". University of Notre Dame Athletic Department. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Notre Dame Men's Basketball Recruiting". scout.com. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  5. ^ a b c "Notre Dame Projected To Finish Fourth In Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll". und.com. 2008-10-22. Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Irish Debut At No. 9 In USA Today/ESPN Preseason Coaches' Poll". und.com. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  7. ^ "Fighting Irish Ranked Ninth In AP Preseason Poll". und.com. 2008-10-31. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  8. ^ "2008-09 Notre Dame Men's Basketball Roster." und.com. Retrieved on November 19, 2008.