Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame
Tip: 6:00 PM (Central)
Location: Madison Square Garden
For the first time ever Oklahoma and Notre Dame are going to play each other in basketball. The game is a part of the Jimmy V Classic in New York City and pits two historic coaches against one another.
The Irish (6-1) are riding a 4-game winning streak and are holding opponents to 65 points per game on 40% shooting from the floor. Even more impressive is their perimeter defense and rebounding. Opponents are shooting 29% from three-point range against Notre Dame and the Irish have a average rebounding edge of 40-34 per game.
This is going to be a strength-on-strength type matchup and the Sooners are shooting 36% from long range and grabbing an average of 41 boards per game, with a +3.9 rebounding margin.
Junior guard T.J. Gibbs leads Notre Dame’s three players in double-figure scoring with an average of 13.7 points per game. Forward John Mooney (11 PPG) and guard/forward D.J. Harvey (10 PPG) are the other two players scoring ten points or more per game. Mooney also leads the team in rebounds with 8.9 per game.
Senior guard Christian James leads Oklahoma with 19.1 points per game, placing him third in the Big 12 in scoring. James has posted 18 points or more in five of OU’s seven games this season.
Senior center Jamuni McNeace is coming off a 16 point/10 rebound performance against North Texas and has racked up 14 blocked shots over the last four games.
The Sooners are going to match Notre Dame in defensive intensity. In Oklahoma’s last two games they forced Dayton and North Texas to shoot a combined 9-of-46 (.196) during the final 13 minutes of each game, including 3-of-20 (.150) from 3-point range.
Despite having won their last three contests in The Big Apple, Oklahoma has an overall record of 7-13 at Madison Square Garden.