Irish men roll past UIC to open hoops season

Tom Noie
Notre Dame Insider

SOUTH BEND — When the house lights dimmed and it was time to meet the starting lineup for Notre Dame’s season opener Tuesday, freshman guard Robby Carmody just beamed.

Carmody admitted that he couldn’t stop smiling, and he had good reason.

His name was the first of five called prior to a Gotham Classic game against UIC. When it did, Carmody became the first freshman to start an Irish season opener since former power forward Torin Francis in 2002.

Coach Mike Brey has been searching for a starting combination all fall. Maybe this five, maybe that one. Which one? Any one. He may have found one Tuesday, one that included Carmody in an 84-67 Irish win.

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Freshman Robby Carmody responded well to getting his first start in Notre Dame's season opener Tuesday against UIC.