In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Previewing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond and it’s time for the Crossroads Classic.
Indiana’s next game comes as part of the annual Crossroads Classic, and will be against Notre Dame on Saturday at noon in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN with Jason Benetti and Jimmy Dykes on the call.
Notre Dame presents another high-major nonconference opponent for the Hoosiers, but the Fighting Irish are 8-3 so far this season with just one win against a top 100 KenPom team, and losses against most of the quality opponents they’ve faced.
Depth is limited once again for coach Mike Brey’s team this season.
Sophomore guard Robby Carmody tore his left ACL during Notre Dame’s loss at Maryland earlier this season, and in a recent home win over UCLA, Notre Dame used just seven players.
But among the on-court options still at Brey’s disposal is senior forward John Mooney, who is currently averaging a double-double and leads the team in both points per game with 14.8 and rebounds per game with 13.4 through 11 games this season.
Mooney is also considered one of the best defensive rebounders in the country.
Former UConn player Juwan Durham joins Mooney in the frontcourt for Notre Dame and is also a full-time starter as a senior. Durham averages 8.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in about 20 minutes of action per game.
An area of concern for the Hoosiers on Saturday though will be defending the three-point line, something Archie Miller’s team hasn’t done all too well this season.
Senior guard T.J. Gibbs is Notre Dame’s second-leading scorer with nearly 13 points per game, and he’s made almost 40 percent of his three-point shots this season.
As a team, Notre Dame generates almost 40 percent of its points from three-point range, and the Fighting Irish also rank second in the country defensively in keeping opponents off the foul line.
This sets up a clear contrast in styles between the two teams, with Indiana preferring to pound the ball inside and shoot free throws while Notre Dame is careful not to foul and scores significantly from deep.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in, your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.