Mooney, ND visit Syracuse
Notre Dame (9-4, 0-2) vs. Syracuse (8-5, 1-1)
Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two senior forwards will be on display as John Mooney and Notre Dame will battle Elijah Hughes and Syracuse. Mooney is averaging 15.2 points over the last five games. Hughes has scored 27 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 22.8 over his last five games.
SUPER SENIORS: Notre Dame has benefited heavily from its seniors. Mooney, T.J. Gibbs, Dane Goodwin and Juwan Durham have combined to account for 62 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 69 percent of all Fighting Irish points over the team’s last five games.
OFFENSIVE THREAT: Hughes has had his hand in 51 percent of all Syracuse field goals over the last five games. The senior forward has 39 field goals and 29 assists in those games.
BLOCK PARTY: Syracuse is 6-0 when it blocks at least four opposing shots and 2-5 when it falls shy of that mark. Notre Dame is 7-0 when blocking five or more shots and 2-4 this year, otherwise.
WINNING WHEN: The Orange are 6-0 when they block at least four opposing shots and 2-5 when they fall shy of that mark. The Fighting Irish are 7-0 when the team blocks at least five shots and 2-4 when they fall short of that total.
DID YOU KNOW: Notre Dame has committed a turnover on just 13.7 percent of its possessions this season, which is the top rate among all Division I teams. The Fighting Irish have turned the ball over only 9.6 times per game this season.