Irish men's basketball info box 12-20-2018
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
WHO: Notre Dame (8-3) vs. Jacksonville (7-5).
WHERE: Purcell Pavilion (9,149).
WHEN: Thursday at 7 p.m.
TV: ACCNetwork Extra. (U.S. cable/internet subscribers only; requires login from cable television provider to access content).
RADIO: WSBT (960 AM/96.1 FM).
ONLINE: Follow every Notre Dame game with live updates from Tribune beat writer Tom Noie at twitter.com@tnoieNDI
NOTING: Jacksonville has won four in a row and seven of eight following Saturday’s 79-71 victory at Bethune-Cookman. Sophomore guard JD Notae had 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes off the bench. Senior forward Jace Hogan added 18 points and four rebounds. … The Dolphins opened the season with four straight losses. … Jacksonville is third in the Atlantic Sun in scoring offense at 78.3 ppg., fifth in scoring defense at 72.3. … Jacksonville returns two starters off last year’s team that finished 15-18, 8-6 and third place in the Atlantic Sun. The Dolphins were picked this preseason by conference coaches to finish fifth in the nine-team league. The media picked the Dolphins to also finish fifth, with two first-place votes. … Of Jacksonville’s 16 players on its roster, nine are underclassmen, including five freshmen. … Hogan and Notae, last season’s conference freshman of the year, were preseason first team all-league selections. … Jacksonville coach Tony Jasick is in his fifth season after three years at Fort Wayne. … Freshman forward Bryce Workman is the son of former NBA player and current referee Haywoode Workman. … This is the second of three straight road games for the Dolphins, whose Hoosier State trek continues Saturday at Indiana. … Jacksonville is 3-3 on the road this year with wins at Bethune-Cookman, South Alabama and Presbyterian. … This is the first meeting between the teams. … Notre Dame fielded its fourth different starting lineup this season in Tuesday’s 69-56 victory over Binghamton. … The Irish break for Christmas before closing non-league play Dec. 29 at home against Coppin State.
QUOTING: “It’s funny how it works itself out, isn’t it? Amazing. You’ve got 11 guys you’re trying to keep happy six weeks ago. We’re thin, but the guys we have are gifted guys and we’re trying to figure it out. We’ve had some moments. We’ll keep swinging.”
• Irish coach Mike Brey on his rotation going from 11 players at the start of the season to eight as Christmas nears.