Notre Dame men's basketball: ACC lineup

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A new era of Notre Dame basketball begins Saturday with its first game in the Atlantic Coast Conference following the last 18 seasons in the Big East.

Like in the Big East, Notre Dame (9-4) will play 18 conference contests — nine home, nine away — beginning Saturday at home against No. 7 Duke. The Irish play every league school at least once and have four repeat opponents — Boston College, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia.

Following is an alphabetical thumbnail look at the 14 other schools in the ACC, which will change again next year when Louisville arrives and Maryland leaves for the Big Ten.

Records for each school are as of Tuesday morning.

Boston College (4-9 overall; 1-0 ACC)

Location: Chestnut Hill, Mass.

ACC membership: July 2005.

Arena (capacity): Conte Forum (8,606).

2012-013 sellouts: 0.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Irish lead 11-10.

Last meeting: Notre Dame won 68-65 at the Joyce Center on Feb. 8, 2005.

Next meeting: Feb. 1 at Notre Dame; Feb. 16 at Boston College.

Worth watching: Sophomore swingman Olivier Hanlan (19.8 ppg., 83.5 FT percentage).

Irish connection: Junior guard Alex Dragicevich starts for the Eagles after transferring from Notre Dame following the 2011-12 season.

CLEMSON (9-3)

Location: Clemson, S.C.

ACC membership: 1953 (charter member).

Arena (capacity): Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000).

2012-013 sellouts: 0.

Series vs. Notre Dame: The teams have never met.

Next meeting: Feb. 11 at Notre Dame.

Worth watching: Junior small forward K.J. McDaniels (16.8 ppg., 47.3 FG percentage).

Irish connection: Jerai Grant, whose younger brother Jerian was recently dismissed from Notre Dame for academic issues, played at Clemson.

DUKE (10-2)

Location: Durham, N.C.

ACC membership: 1953 (charter member).

Arena (capacity): Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314).

2012-013 sellouts: 16.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Duke leads 19-2.

Last meeting: The top-ranked and No. 1 seed Blue Devils beat the Irish 84-77 on March 16, 2002 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Greenville, S.C.

Next meeting: Saturday at Notre Dame.

Worth watching: Freshman small forward Jabari Parker (22.2 ppg., 53.9 FG percentage).

Irish connection: Notre Dame coach Mike Brey spent eight seasons as an assistant for the Blue Devils.

FLORIDA STATE (9-3)

Location: Tallahassee, Fla.

ACC membership: July 1991.

Arena (capacity): Donald L. Tucker Center (13,800).

2012-013 sellouts: 0.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Florida State leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Florida State beat No. 2 seed Notre Dame 71-57 in the third round of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Next meeting: Jan. 21 at Florida State.

Worth watching: Senior power forward Okara White (12.8 ppg., 6.7 rpg., 52.8 FG percentage).

Irish connection: Former Notre Dame swingman Stan Wilcox is athletic director at Florida State.

GEORGIA TECH (9-4)

Location: Atlanta.

ACC membership: April 1978.

Arena (capacity): Hank McCamish Pavilion (8,600).

2012-013 sellouts: 4.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Georgia Tech leads 6-2.

Last meeting: The Yellow Jackets edged the Irish, 70-69, in the second round of the 2007 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Next meeting: Jan. 11 at Georgia Tech; Feb. 26 at Notre Dame.

Worth watching: Senior guard Trae Golden (13.2 ppg., 3.5 apg., 29.8 mpg.).

Irish connection: Notre Dame assistant coach Rod Balanis played collegiately at Georgia Tech and was part of the 1990 squad that advanced to the NCAA Final Four.

MARYLAND (8-5; 1-0)

Location: College Park, Md.

ACC membership: 1953 (charter member).

Arena (capacity): Comcast Center (17,950).

2012-013 sellouts: 3.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Irish lead 10-9.

Last meeting: With power forward Jack Cooley back in the campus infirmary, the Terrapins beat the Irish 78-71 on Dec. 4, 2011 in Washington at the BB&T Classic.

Next meeting: Jan. 15 at Maryland.

Worth watching: Junior forward Dez Wells (15.7 ppg., 5.5 rpg, 30.1 mpg.).

Irish connection: Brey’s family owned season tickets to Maryland basketball games at old Cole Field House.

MIAMI (Fla.) (8-5; 0-1)

Location: Coral Gables, Fla.

ACC membership: July 2004.

Arena (capacity): BankUnited Center (7,972).

2012-013 sellouts: 5.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Irish lead 8-7.

Last meeting: Notre Dame won 72-62 in South Bend on Jan. 28, 2004.

Next meeting: Feb. 19 at Miami.

Worth watching: Senior guard Rion Brown (13.8 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 34.6 mpg.)

Irish connection: Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga’s son, Jay, served as head coach of Ireland’s national team during Notre Dame’s foreign tour of Ireland in 2008, where the Irish played exhibition games against the country’s national team.

NORTH CAROLINA (9-3)

Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.

ACC membership: 1953 (charter member).

Arena (capacity): Dean Smith Center (21,750).

2012-013 sellouts: 2.

Series vs. Notre Dame: North Carolina leads 16-4.

Last meeting: Kyle McAlarney connected on a school-record 10 3-pointers in a 102-87 loss in the 2008 EA Sports Maui Invitational championship game. The Tar Heels went on that season to win the national championship.

Next meeting: Feb. 8 at Notre Dame; March 3 at North Carolina.

Worth watching: Sophomore guard Marcus Paige (18.7 ppg., 4.2 rpg., 4.0 apg., 35.7 mpg.).

Irish connection: Former Notre Dame assistant athletic director Bubba Cunningham, whose duties included overseeing daily operations of the Irish men’s basketball program, is in his third season as athletic director at North Carolina.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE (10-3)

Location: Raleigh, N.C.

ACC membership: 1953 (charter member).

Arena (capacity): PNC Arena (19,557).

2012-013 sellouts: 4.

Series vs. Notre Dame: The Irish lead 4-3.

Last meeting: North Carolina State beat Notre Dame 61-48 on Nov. 26, 2005 at the John R. Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis.

Next meeting: Jan. 7 at Notre Dame.

Worth watching: Sophomore power forward T.J. Warren (23.9 ppg., 54.1 FG percentage).

Irish connection: Freshman guard Anthony Barber was a fellow McDonald’s All-American with Irish guard Demetrius Jackson.

PITTSBURGH (11-1)

Location: Pittsburgh.

ACC membership: July 2013

Arena (capacity): Petersen Events Center (12,508).

2012-013 sellouts: 7.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Notre Dame leads 31-27.

Last meeting: The Irish overcame a 19-3 deficit for a 51-42 victory on Feb. 18, 2013 at Petersen Events Center.

Next meeting: March 1 at Notre Dame.

Worth watching: Senior forward Lamar Patterson (17.1 ppg., 4.5 apg., 52.7 FG percentage).

Irish connection: Notre Dame won five in a row and six of the last seven meetings between the teams as Big East colleagues.

SYRACUSE (12-0)

Location: Syracuse, N.Y.

ACC membership: July 2013.

Arena (capacity): Carrier Dome (35,012).

2012-013 sellouts: 1.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Syracuse leads 25-19.

Last meeting: The Orange beat the Irish 63-47 on Feb. 4, 2013 in the Carrier Dome.

Next meeting: Feb. 3 at Syracuse.

Worth watching: Senior swingman C.J. Fair (17.8 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 35.5 mpg.)

Irish connection: Grant’s brother, Jerami, a sophomore with the Orange, chose Syracuse over Notre Dame.

VIRGINIA (9-4)

Location: Charlottesville, Va.

ACC membership: December 1953.

Arena (capacity): John Paul Jones Arena (14,593).

2012-013 sellouts: 1.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Virginia leads 5-1.

Last meeting: The Cavaliers posted an 81-76 victory on April 1, 1992 at Madison Square Garden in the post-season National Invitation Tournament championship game.

Next meeting: Jan. 28 at Notre Dame; Feb. 22 at Virginia.

Worth watching: Senior guard Joe Harris (11.1 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 28.3 mpg.)

Irish connection: Notre Dame assistant coach Anthony Solomon played collegiately at Virginia and was a guard on the 1984 team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four.

VIRGINIA TECH (7-5; 1-0)

Location: Blacksburg, Va.

ACC membership: July 2004.

Arena (capacity): Cassell Coliseum (9,847).

2012-013 sellouts: 0.

Series vs. Notre Dame: The Irish lead 3-1.

Last meeting: Notre Dame posted a 74-63 victory at Cassell Coliseum on Jan. 20, 2004.

Next meeting: Jan. 19 at Notre Dame.

Worth watching: Senior small forward Jarell Eddie (17.4 ppg., 6.1 rpg., 33.1 mpg).

Irish connection: Notre Dame clinched the 2001 Big East West regular-season championship with an 85-61 victory on Feb. 24, 2001 in Blacksburg, Va.

WAKE FOREST (10-3)

Location: Winston-Salem, N.C.

ACC membership: 1953 (charter member).

Arena (capacity): Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,407).

2012-013 sellouts: 0.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Wake Forest leads 1-0.

Last meeting: The Demon Deacons beat the Irish 71-61 on March 30, 2000 at Madison Square Garden in the championship game of the post-season NIT. It was the last game coached at Notre Dame by Matt Doherty.

Next meeting: Jan. 25 at Wake Forest.

Worth watching: Sophomore power forward Devin Thomas (11.5 ppg., 9.3 rpg, 52.7 FG percentage).

Irish connection: Former Notre Dame assistant coach Jeff Nix, who spent five seasons in South Bend, is in his third season as coordinator of basketball operations for the Demon Deacons.

—Compiled by TOM NOIE

2013-14 Notre Dame men’s statistics (9-4 overall)

(No.) PLAYERG-GSMINFG-FGAPCT.FT-FTAPCT.3-PTASTS.REB.PTS.AVG.
(22) Jerian Grant12-1235.672-139.51864-74.86520-49743022819.0
(11) Garrick Sherman13-1326.273-136.53742-56.7500-0129918814.5
(24) Pat Connaughton13-1334.561-128.47718-24.75032-74339417213.2
(0) Eric Atkins13-1336.559-137.43128-40.70025-60584417113.2
(23) Demetrius Jackson13-824.426-62.41929-37.78414-342636957.3
(30) Zach Auguste11-012.229-56.51810-20.5000-0543686.2
(25) Tom Knight12-514.522-49.44912-16.7500-0740564.7
(20) Austin Burgett13-113.513-29.4487-8.8752-131032352.7
(32) Steve Vasturia8-09.35-13.3852-3.6673-10511151.9
(3) V.J. Beachem8-07.14-17.2351-11.0002-1025111.4
(4) Patrick Crowley2-01.01-2.5000-0.0000-00121.0
NOTRE DAME13365-768.475213-279.76398-2502324751,04180.1
OPPONENTS13328-752.436158-205.77198-26119240791270.2

Notre Dame rebounding totals include 40 team rebounds.

Individual leaders

Double-doubles: Connaughton 3, Sherman 3, Grant 1; Offensive rebounds: Sherman 33, Connaughton 16, Knight 16, Auguste 14, Atkins 13; Defensive rebounds: Connaughton 78, Sherman 66, Atkins 31, Jackson 29, Grant 26; Blocked shots: Sherman 16, Conaughton 10, Burgett 8, Knight 6, Auguste 4; Steals: Grant 24, Atkins 19, Connaughton 16, Sherman 12, Burgett 7; Personal fouls: Burgett 29, Sherman 29, Connaughton 27, Atkins 26, Grant 24; Games disqualified: Burgett 2, Atkins 1, Sherman 1.

Turnovers: Sherman 36, Atkins 23, Grant 22, Jackson 13, Burgett 11, Connaughton 11.

Miscellaneous. stats

Scoring margin: +9.9; Rebounding margin: +5.2; Assists per game: 17.8; Turnovers per game: 12.5; Steals per game: 7.3; Blocks per game: 3.9; Longest win streak: 3; Longest league win streak: N/A; Longest losing streak: 1; Longest league losing streak: N/A; Home record: 8-2; Road: 0-1; Neutral: 1-1; Attendance: Home: 82,162 (8,216 avg.); Road: 15,400 (15,400 avg.); Neutral: 28,304 (14,152 avg.) Total: 125,865 (9,681 avg.).

The career of Duke freshman Jabari Parker is off and running.