This is the last time you can watch Irish men at home this season

Tom Noie
ND Insider
Mar 1, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Panthers guard Jamarius Burton (11) reacts as he dribbles the ball against Duke Blue Devils guard Trevor Keels (1) during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. Duke won 86-56. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

MEN’S BASKETBALL 

►WHO: Pittsburgh (11-19 overall; 6-13 ACC) vs. Notre Dame (21-9; 14-5) 

►WHERE: Purcell Pavilion (9,149) 

►WHEN: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. 

►TV: ESPNews. 

►RADIO: WSBT (960 AM). 

►TICKETS: Available. All spectators must wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Concession stands have reopened. 

►ONLINE: Follow every Notre Dame game with live updates from Tribune beat writer Tom Noie at twitter.com/tnoieNDI. 

►NOTING: Power forward John Hugley scored 19 points with six rebounds and guard Jamarius Burton added 13 points and two rebounds in Tuesday’s home loss to No. 4 Duke, 86-56. The Panthers trailed for 39:40 and by as many as 33. They allowed a season high 50 points in the second half. … Pittsburgh has lost three straight, all at home, and seven of 10. … The Panthers have trailed 14-2 and 16-3 early in the first half of their last two games – against Miami (Fla.) and Duke. … Pittsburgh is 3-8 overall on the road, 2-7 in league play with the conference wins at Florida State and North Carolina. … Picked in preseason to finish 14th, Pittsburgh enters the final weekend of the regular season in a three-way tie (with Boston College and Louisville) for 11th. … Pittsburgh is one of six repeat opponents for Notre Dame. The teams met Dec. 28 at Petersen Events Center, a 68-67 Irish win in a game that featured seven ties and six lead changes before a Prentiss Hubb baseline jumper with five seconds remaining gave the Irish their final lead. Four Irish scored double figures led by power forward Paul Atkinson (16 points, six rebounds). … Notre Dame is 10-1 against repeat opponents this year and looks to sweep a fifth repeat opponent. The loss is to Boston College. … Notre Dame leads the all-time series 36-31, 18-11 at home, 5-4 as ACC colleagues. The Irish have won three straight and six of seven in the series. The Panthers haven’t won at Purcell Pavilion since Jan. 9, 2016 (86-82). …  Notre Dame looks to avoid dropping consecutive games for the first time since late-November/early-December when it lost three straight (Texas A&M, Illinois, Boston College). … Pittsburgh ranks fifth in the league in scoring defense (67.8 ppg.) It ranks 14th – second to last – in free throw percentage (.698), field goal percentage (.417) and steals (5.3). The Panthers are last in the league in scoring offense (62.3 ppg.), scoring margin (-5.50), assists (11.0), turnover margin (-3.37) and assist/turnover ratio (0.80). … Hugley is third in the league in rebounding (8.07). … Notre Dame owns the best home record in the league for conference games (8-1) and overall (13-1). The loss was to Duke. … Next up for   Dame is the ACC Tournament next week in New York. The Irish open play Thursday as either the No. 2 (7 p.m.) or No. 3 (9:30 p.m.) seed against an opponent to be determined. 

►QUOTING: “Starting matters. There’s nothing like it. You get introduced, man. Saturday, who knows?” 

— Irish coach Mike Brey on starting and what that five might look like Saturday when the Irish honor six seniors and a graduate student. 

—Tom Noie 

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