Blue and Gold Illustrated

February 2018

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 13 of 47

14 FEBRUARY 2018 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED UNDER THE DOME Irish student-athletes excelling on the field and in the classroom Cal Burke — Hockey The sophomore forward from Boxborough, Mass., was named the Big Ten's Third Star of the Week after record- ing a hat trick in Notre Dame's 6-2 victory at Wis- consin Dec. 9. The win gave the Irish a sweep of their two-game series with the Badgers. The hat trick was the first of Burke's career and the first for Notre Dame since October 2015. Through 20 games, Burke led the Irish in goals with 12. Jake Evans — Hockey The senior from Toronto, Ontario, was selected as a member of Team Canada's roster for the Spengler Cup, a worldwide hockey tournament that be- gan in 1923. This year's edi- tion was held Dec. 26-31 in Davos, Switzerland. Evans helped Notre Dame get off to its stellar start (16-3-1 overall, 10-0-0 Big Ten) by posting an NCAA-leading 28 points (seven goals and 21 assists). Jessica Shepard — Basketball The junior from Fremont, Neb., set a Notre Dame home game record with 39 points in a 91-82 victory over DePaul Dec. 17. She also grabbed 11 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the year and was named the ACC Player of the Week for the first time in her career. T h r o u g h 1 4 g a m e s , Shepard was the team's top rebounder (8.6 boards per contest) and ranked second in scor- ing (15.2 points per contest). Kathryn Westbeld — Basketball The senior from Kettering, Ohio, helped Notre Dame to a 91-85 overtime victory over Marquette Dec. 20. After making the game-tying jumper to send it to over- time, she added four points in the extra period. Westbeld finished with a season-high 13 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. During Notre Dame's 13-1 start, she averaged 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game. TOP OF THE CLASS ✦ GIMME FIVE With Notre Dame's 68-59 win versus Georgia Tech Dec. 30, 18th-year head coach Mike Brey equaled Digger Phelps — whose 20-year reign lasted from 1971-91 — for the most victories in program history. Blue & Gold Illustrated went to press the day before the Jan. 3 game at home versus North Carolina State in which Brey could move into the top spot on his own. The records of Brey and Phelps are virtually identical, but another 20-year head coach at Notre Dame, George Keogan (1923-43), easily is tops with the best winning percentage. En- shrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame while helping lead Notre Dame to the 1927 and 1936 Helms Foundation national titles, Keogan was hired by football coach/athletics director Knute Rockne. Like Rockne, Keogan died in of- fice at age 52 on Feb. 17, 1943, from a massive heart attack not long after a practice with the team. Here are the top five win totals of Notre Dame men's basketball coaches, with overall winning percentage included. Rk. Coach (Years) Record Pct. 1t. Mike Brey (2000-) 393-190 .674 1t. Digger Phelps (1971-91) 393-197 .666 3. George Keogan (1923-43) 327-96-1 .772 4. John Jordan (1951-64) 199-131 .603 5. John Dee (1964-71) 116-80 .592 Note: Moose Krause had a .671 winning per- centage (98-48) after taking over for the de- ceased Keogan in February 1943, and also serv- ing as the head coach in 1943-44 and 1946-51. Getting To Know … SOPHOMORE OFFENSIVE TACKLE TOMMY KRAEMER Hometown: "Cincinnati." High School: "Elder." Major: "Business." Favorite Food: "I'm gonna go with Pizza." Favorite Place To Eat In South Bend: "[Freshman offensive lineman] Robert Hainsey and I always go to Cheddar's together." Favorite Movie: "'Step Brothers.'" Favorite Music: "Country." Favorite Musician: "Eric Church." Favorite TV Show: "'The Office.'" Favorite Pro Sports Team: "I'm gonna go with the Bengals." Favorite Part About Playing For Notre Dame: "I think it's the guys and just being with our guys every day. The relationships we've built are my favorite part." Who's The Best Player You've Ever Lined Up Across From?: "There's a defensive tackle from Wayne High School that went to Ohio State. I forget his name [Robert Landers], but he was really good. In college, I'd probably say [North Carolina State defensive end] Bradley Chubb. He's so versatile. He's got power, speed and he's shifty. He can do everything." CHARTING THE IRISH NOTRE DAME MEN'S BASKETBALL IN THE ACC Notre Dame posted a 6-12 league record in its debut season in the ACC in 2013-14, but has since enjoyed plenty of success in what is considered the toughest conference in college basketball. Over the past three seasons, the Irish have compiled a 37-17 mark (.685 winning per- centage) against ACC foes while taking home the 2015 conference tournament title. The only other programs to win the ACC Tournament since Notre Dame joined the league are the three who have a better league record since 2013-14 — Vir- ginia, North Carolina and Duke. The Cav- aliers and Tar Heels have both claimed two regular-season titles as well. The Irish rank fourth behind the three aforementioned programs in league winning percentage (.597) over the last four seasons. The Irish fall to fifth when you include Louisville's mark during the past three campaigns. (The Cardinals did not join the conference until the 2014-15 season.) Moving? Let us know! Call 1-800-421-7751 THE ACC BY WINNING PERCENTAGE FROM 2013-17 Rk. Team ACC Record (Pct.) 1. Virginia 56-16 (.778) 2. North Carolina 52-20 (.722) 3. Duke 50-22 (.694) 4. Louisville* 36-18 (.667) 5. Notre Dame 43-29 (.597) 6. Syracuse 42-30 (.583) 7. Miami 40-32 (.556) 8. Florida State 37-35 (.514) 9. Clemson 34-38 (.472) 10. Pittsburgh 32-40 (.444) 11. NC State 28-44 (.389) 12. Georgia Tech 25-47 (.347) 13. Virginia Tech 24-48 (.333) 14. Wake Forest 22-50 (.306) 15. Boston College 10-62 (.161) * Did not join the league until 2014-15

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Blue and Gold Illustrated - February 2018