NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH (6-1)
NOVEMBER 29, 2012 – 7:00 PM
PURCELL PAVILLION AT THE JOYCE CENTER – SOUTH BEND, IN
KENTUCKY LEADS SERIES 42-18
12/8/2010: KENTUCKY 72 Notre Dame 58*
*SEC/Big East Invitational @ Louisville
3/35/2009: Notre Dame 77 KENTUCKY 67**
**NIT Tournament at South Bend
Last year, Kentucky took a very young team on a road trip to Indiana into a hostile road environment and the result was a loss that would shape their season. Like Indiana, this game with Notre Dame could be a very good learning experience. Kentucky has yet to be tested on the road and the Cats are walking into a severe road test. Notre Dame is perched just outside the Top 25 and are 37-1 at home over the last two plus seasons, which is pretty impressive being in the Big East.
At one time, Kentucky/Notre Dame was one of the premier games in college basketball and every time the two teams hook up again, it seems to be a special event, so personally I am glad to see them back on the schedule. Notre Dame has not really played a tough schedule thus far and their only loss was to St. Joseph’s (4-2). Their best win was over 4-2 BYU, so Kentucky is by far the best team they have faced.
Expect a tough teat for UK and at some point to see Brian Kelly and his football team trotted onto the floor to incite this Notre Dame crowd. It’s going to be interesting to see how UK responds in a hostile environment. Let’s meet the Fighting Irish.