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UCONN AND NOTRE DAME MEET SATURDAY
No. 3/3 Notre Dame leads the nation in scoring, averaging 85.9 points per game. The Irish came into a win against Seton Hall on Wednesday averaging over 100 points in their previous four games, including a 128-42 win against Mercer on Dec. 30. Conversely, No. 2/2 Connecticut leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 41.4 points per game. The teams will meet Saturday on CBS at 4 p.m. Last year, the teams matched up four times, with UConn winning the first three games, including the BIG EAST Championship final. The Fighting Irish defeated the Huskies in an NCAA Final Four tilt to advance to the title game.
All 16 schools will be televised in a game available live across on the nation on the league’s Saturday BIG EAST Game of the Week telecast. On Jan. 7, Cincinnati heads to Rutgers for a 2 p.m. ET contest, which can be seen across the country on SNY (DirecTV channel 639) as well as free online at www.bigeast.tv. On Sundays, the BIG EAST weekly contest on ESPNU (DirecTV channel 208) package begins with Louisville at St. John’s on Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Tuesday night has a Game of the Week on the CBS Sports Network. On Jan. 10, Notre Dame is at Georgetown at 7 p.m. ET, while Marquette welcomes Villanova at 9 p.m. ET.
The BIG EAST has had six players reach the 1,000-point mark this season. Most recently, St. John’s junior Shenneika Smith tallied 18 points against Providence on Jan. 4. She finished the game with 1,003 career points. DePaul junior Anna Martin scored her 1,000th point, recording a 30-point effort in a win against Northern Illinois on Dec. 31. Devereaux Peters, a graduate student at Notre Dame, became the 30th player in school history to score 1,000 career points on Dec. 28; she is one of three current Fighting Irish players to score 1,000 career points.
The win against Seton Hall was Notre Dame’s 11th straight victory, its longest streak since opening the 2009-10 campaign on a 15-game run. Notre Dame is off to a 14-1 start or better for the fourth time in school history, and the third time in four years. Georgetown had an 11-game winning streak snapped by No. 20/18 DePaul 59-50 on Jan. 3.
DORIS BURKE EARNS NCAA SILVER ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Former Providence standout Doris Burke has been named one of six recipients of the NCAA's Silver Anniversary Award recognizing former student-athletes and distinguished guests. Burke, who has worked for ESPN since 1991, ranks 10th at Providence all-time in scoring and second in career assists. Recently NCAA.org posted a Q&A with her, which can be accessed here.