A night after blowing out No. 22 Texas in a statement win, the Northwestern Wildcats (3-1) are back at the Barclays Center as they look to take home the Legends Classic Championship. In their way is Notre Dame (4-0), which beat Colorado 89-83 on Monday evening behind 17+ point performances from four different players.
Mike Brey, who was a Duke assistant for three of Chris Collins’ playing seasons in Durham, has led his Fighting Irish team to the Elite Eight in each of the past two years. However, Notre Dame hasn’t been able to break through either time.
The Irish did lose Zach Auguste and Demetrius Jackson from last year’s team but more-than-capable replacements are still in South Bend. Matt Farrell and Steve Vasturia make up a formidable backcourt, and with V.J. Beachem and and Bonzie Colson up front, Notre Dame is a well-balanced team that can attack the rim effectively. Against Colorado, the Fighting Irish went 27-of-29 at the free throw line, winning the game at the charity stripe.
Northwestern will need Vic Law to bounce back from his tough game on Monday if the Wildcats are to have a shot against Notre Dame. It would also help if Dererk Pardon and Sanjay Lumpkin (even Nathan Taphorn) could build off their strong performances against Texas, especially on defense.
Here’s how to watch:
Game time: 5:00 p.m. CT
TV Channel: ESPN2
Online stream: WatchESPN
Radio: WGN 720 AM
Betting line: TBA