MEN'S BASKETBALL: Notre Dame vs. Alabama A&M
WHO: Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Alabama A&M (3-7).
WHERE: Purcell Pavilion (9,149).
WHEN: Sunday at noon.
TICKETS: Plenty available.
TV: ACC Network Extra.
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: Alabama A&M has been idle since Dec. 20 following a 92-80 home victory over North Alabama. Sophomore point guard Cameron Alford led the Bulldogs with 26 points and six rebounds. Brandon Miller added 16 points in 26 minutes off the bench. Five Bulldogs scored double figures. … Alabama A&M is a school of 6,000 students located in Huntsville, Ala. … A freshman from Brownsburg, Ind., Alford leads the Bulldogs in scoring (14.9) and rebounding (5.2). … Alabama A&M has won three of five after opening 0-5. … The Bulldogs are 0-7 on the road with losses to the likes of Cincinnati, Clemson, Miami (Ohio) and UAB. … Alabama A&M returns one starter off last year’s team that finished 5-27 overall, 4-14 and tied for ninth place in the Southwest Athletic Conference. … The Bulldogs were picked this preseason to finish eighth in the 10-team league. … Freshman guard Garrett Hicks owns a 42-inch vertical leap. … Alabama A&M has won a combined 30 games over the last five years, 10 the last three. The Bulldogs have an average KenPom ranking of 336.6 the last five seasons. … These teams have never met. … Notre Dame is 3-0 all-time against SWAC schools. … This is the final non-conference home game for Notre Dame, which is 8-0 at home this season in non-league games. … The Irish have not played since a 62-60 loss on Dec. 21 to Indiana in the Crossroads Classic. Notre Dame trailed by 17 with 16:35 remaining and led by five with 3:42 left. … Notre Dame ranks 272nd (out of 351 teams) in the NCAA for field goal percentage (41.5). The Irish are first in turnovers per game (9.7) and assist/turnover ratio (1.84) and fifth for assists per game (17.8). … Irish senior power forward John Mooney ranks second in the NCAA in rebounding (13.1). Senior guard T.J. Gibbs is seventh in assist/turnover (3.62). … Irish sophomore guard Dane Goodwin is averaging 19.3 points off the bench his last three games.
QUOTING: “Dane is playing awesome, man. He’s coming in shooting the ball, being very aggressive, getting rebounds and hyping guys up. He’s become one of our best players. He’s stepping up big time. Can’t say enough about him.”
• Irish senior power forward John Mooney on sophomore guard Dane Goodwin, now the team’s second-leading scorer (12.0 ppg).