2014–15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team

The 2014–15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Fighting Irish, led by fifteenth year head coach Mike Brey, played its home games at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana and were second year members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 32–6, 14–4 in ACC play to finish in third place. They defeated Miami (FL), Duke, and North Carolina to become champions of the ACC Tournament. They received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Northeastern in the second round, Butler in the third round, and Wichita State in the Sweet Sixteen before losing in the Elite Eight to unbeaten Kentucky in a close game, 68–66.

2014–15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
ACC Tournament champions
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 8
2014–15 record32–6 (14–4 ACC)
Head coachMike Brey (15th season)
Assistant coachAnthony Solomon
Assistant coachRod Balanis
Assistant coachMartin Ingelsby
Home arenaPurcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
Seasons
2014–15 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Virginia 16 2   .889     30 4   .882
#4 Duke 15 3   .833     35 4   .897
#8 Notre Dame 14 4   .778     32 6   .842
#15 North Carolina 11 7   .611     26 12   .684
Miami (FL) 10 8   .556     25 13   .658
NC State 10 8   .556     22 14   .611
Syracuse 9 9   .500     18 13   .581
Clemson 8 10   .444     16 15   .516
Florida State 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
Pittsburgh 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Wake Forest 5 13   .278     13 19   .406
Boston College 4 14   .222     13 19   .406
Georgia Tech 3 15   .167     12 19   .387
Virginia Tech 2 16   .111     11 22   .333
#17 Louisville* 0 6   .000     0 8   .000
ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
*Lousiville: 24 reg. season games, 4 postseason games vacated due to sanctions against the program; Disputed Record-(27-9)(12-6)

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Fighting Irish finished the 2012–13 season 25–10, with an 11–7 record in Big East play. They then finished the 2013-14 season at 15–17, 6–12 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for 11th place. In their first year as ACC members, they lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Wake Forrest.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Eric Atkins 0 G 6'2" 182 Senior Columbia, MO Graduated
Cameron Biedscheid 1 F 6'7" 186 Sophomore St. Louis, MO Transferred to Missouri
Patrick Crowley 4 G 6'3" 195 Senior Los Gatos, CA Graduated
Garrick Sherman 11 C 6'10" 246 RS Senior Kenton, OH Graduated
Tom Knight 25 F 6'9" 250 GS Senior Dixfield, ME Graduated

Class of 2014 signeesEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Bonzie Colson Jr.
PF
New Bedford, MA St. Andrew's School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Oct 7, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Martin Geben
PF
Hagerstown, MD St. Maria Goretti High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sep 6, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Matt Farrell
SG
Point Pleasant, NJ Point Pleasant Beach High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Nov 3, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 15   Rivals: 20  ESPN: 17
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Notre Dame 2014 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  • "2014 Notre Dame Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  • "2014 Player Commitments – Notre Dame". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01.

RosterEdit

2014–15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 1 Austin Torres 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) So Penn Granger, Indiana
F 3 V. J. Beachem 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 187 lb (85 kg) So New Haven Fort Wayne, Indiana
G 5 Matt Farrell 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Point Pleasant Beach Point Pleasant, New Jersey
G 11 Demetrius Jackson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Marian Mishawaka, Indiana
F 15 Eric Katenda 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Sunrise Academy (KS) Paris, France
F 20 Austin Burgett 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 227 lb (103 kg) Jr Avon Avon, Indiana
G 22 Jerian Grant 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Sr DeMatha Bowie, Maryland
F 23 Martinas Geben 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr St. Maria Goretti Vilnius, Lithuania
G/F 24 Pat Connaughton (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Sr St. John's Prep Arlington, Massachusetts
F 30 Zach Auguste 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr New Hampton Marlborough, Massachusetts
G 32 Steve Vasturia 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 211 lb (96 kg) So St. Joseph's Prep Medford, New Jersey
F 35 Bonzie Colson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr St. Andrew's School New Bedford, Massachusetts
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/01/2014*
2:00 PM
Minnesota–Duluth W 88–71 
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,167)
South Bend, IN
11/07/2014*
7:00 PM
Lewis W 82–59 
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,239)
South Bend, IN
Regular season
11/14/2014*
9:00 PM
Binghamton
Hall of Fame Tip Off
W 82–39  1–0
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,360)
South Bend, IN
11/16/2014*
2:00 PM, ESPN3
Navy
Hall of Fame Tip Off
W 92–53  2–0
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,049)
South Bend, IN
11/19/2014*
7:00 PM
Coppin State W 104–67  3–0
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,343)
South Bend, IN
11/22/2014*
12:00 PM, ESPN3
vs. Massachusetts
Hall of Fame Tip Off
W 81–68  4–0
Mohegan Sun Arena (N/A)
Uncasville, CT
11/23/2014*
2:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. Providence
Hall of Fame Tip Off
L 74–75  4–1
Mohegan Sun Arena (6,513)
Uncasville, CT
11/26/2014*
7:00 PM
Grambling State W 81–54  5–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (5,485)
South Bend, IN
11/29/2014*
12:00 PM, ESPN3
Chicago State W 90–42  6–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (5,381)
South Bend, IN
12/03/2014*
7:15 PM, ESPN2
No. 19 Michigan State
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 79–78 OT 7–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
12/06/2014*
8:00 PM
Fairleigh Dickinson W 75–57  8–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,991)
South Bend, IN
12/09/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
No. 25 Mount St. Mary's W 93–67  9–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,647)
South Bend, IN
12/13/2014
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 25 Florida State W 83–63  10–1 (1–0)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,691)
South Bend, IN
12/20/2014*
5:15 PM, BTN
No. 21 vs. Purdue
Crossroads Classic
W 94–63  11–1
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (14,753)
Indianapolis, IN
12/22/2014*
7:00 PM
No. 16 Northern Illinois W 91–66  12–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,471)
South Bend, IN
12/30/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
No. 14 Hartford W 87–60  13–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,803)
South Bend, IN
01/03/2015
2:30 PM, ACCN
No. 14 Georgia Tech W 83–76 2OT 14–1 (2–0)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,582)
South Bend, IN
01/05/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 13 at No. 18 North Carolina W 71–70  15–1 (3–0)
Dean Smith Center (20,604)
Chapel Hill, NC
01/10/2015
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 13 No. 3 Virginia L 56–62  15–2 (3–1)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
01/14/2015
7:00 PM, RSN
No. 12 at Georgia Tech W 62–59  16–2 (4–1)
Hank McCamish Pavilion (7,282)
Atlanta, GA
01/17/2015
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 12 Miami (FL) W 75–70  17–2 (5–1)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
01/22/2015
7:00 PM, RSN
No. 8 at Virginia Tech W 85–60  18–2 (6–1)
Cassell Coliseum (7,451)
Blacksburg, VA
01/25/2015
6:30 PM, ESPNU
No. 8 at NC State W 81–78 OT 19–2 (7–1)
PNC Arena (19,500)
Raleigh, NC
01/28/2015
7:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 8 No. 4 Duke W 77–73  20–2 (8–1)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
01/31/2015
12:00 PM, ACCN
No. 8 at Pittsburgh L 72–76  20–3 (8–2)
Peterson Events Center (12,508)
Pittsburgh, PA
02/04/2015
7:00 PM, RSN
No. 10 Boston College W 71–63  21–3 (9–2)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,458)
South Bend, IN
02/07/2015
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 10 at No. 4 Duke L 60–90  21–4 (9–3)
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
02/10/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 10 at Clemson W 60–58  22–4 (10–3)
Littlejohn Coliseum (8,965)
Clemson, SC
02/17/2015
7:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 10 Wake Forest W 88–75  23–4 (11–3)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,421)
South Bend, IN
02/21/2015
4:00 PM, RSN
No. 10 at Boston College W 87–70  24–4 (12–3)
Conte Forum (8,366)
Chestnut Hill, MA
02/24/2015
8:00 PM, ACCN
No. 9 Syracuse L 60–65  24–5 (12–4)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
03/04/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 12 at No. 16 Louisville W 71–59  25–5 (13–4)
KFC Yum! Center (21,024)
Louisville, KY
03/07/2015
4:00 PM, ACCN/RSN
No. 12 Clemson W 81–67  26–5 (14–4)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
ACC Tournament
03/12/2015
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 11 vs. Miami (FL)
Quarterfinals
W 70–63  27–5
Greensboro Coliseum (22,026)
Greensboro, NC
03/13/2015
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 11 vs. No. 2 Duke
Semifinals
W 74–64  28–5
Greensboro Coliseum (22,026)
Greensboro, NC
03/14/2015
8:30 PM, ESPN
No. 11 vs. No. 19 North Carolina
Championship Game
W 90–82  29–5
Greensboro Coliseum (22,206)
Greensboro, NC
NCAA Tournament
03/19/2015*
12:15 PM, CBS
(3 MW) No. 8 vs. (14 MW) Northeastern
Second Round
W 69–65  30–5
Consol Energy Center (15,818)
Pittsburgh, PA
03/21/2015*
9:40 PM, TBS
(3 MW) No. 8 vs. (6 MW) No. 24 Butler
Third Round
W 67–64 OT 31–5
Consol Energy Center (18,762)
Pittsburgh, PA
03/26/2015*
7:15 PM, CBS
(3 MW) No. 8 vs. (7 MW) No. 14 Wichita State
Sweet Sixteen
W 81–70  32–5
Quicken Loans Arena (19,465)
Cleveland, OH
03/28/2015*
8:49 PM, TBS
(3 MW) No. 8 vs. (1 MW) No. 1 Kentucky
Elite Eight
L 66–68  32–6
Quicken Loans Arena (19,464)
Cleveland, OH
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. MW=Midwest region.
All times are in Eastern Time.
Source:[1]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP RV RV NR RV 25 21 16 14 13 12 8 8 10 10 10 9 12 11 9 N/A
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV 21 16 13 12 12 9 8 10 11 10 8 11 9 8 5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2014-15 Notre Dame Men's Basketball Schedule". und.com. Retrieved 13 November 2012.