Notre Dame Preview Capsule
Last season: 26-10, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament
Nickname: Fighting Irish
Coach: Mike Brey
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Who’s gone: G Steve Vasturia, F V.J. Beachem, F Patrick Mazza, F Matt Ryan (transfer to Vanderbilt)
Who’s back: F Bonzie Colson. The long-armed, 6-foot-6 senior is the preseason ACC Player of the Year choice after averaging 17.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game last season, including 19 double-doubles and 43 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc; G Matt Farrell. The gritty, 6-foot-1 senior point guard averaged 14.1 points and 5.4 assists; F Martinas Geben. The 6-foot-10 senior from Lithuania helped lead his country to the gold medal in the World University Games after averaging 3.1 points and 3.4 rebounds and shooting nearly 65 percent from the field last season for the Irish;; G Rex Pflueger. The 6-6 junior will be asked to provide the 3-point offense lost with the graduation of Vasturia and Beachem; F John Mooney. A 6-foot-9 sophomore who is expected to help Geben on the boards along with 6-foot-8 F Elijah Burns and 6-foot-7 F Austin Torres.
Who’s new: F D.J. Harvey. A 6-foot-6½ swingman who averaged 17.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists as a senior at DeMatha (Md.) High School; G Nikola Djogo. A 6-foot-7 guard from Canada who sat out his freshman year and could provide some 3-point offense off the bench.
The Skinny: In 17 seasons, Brey has 382 victories, 11 shy of Digger Phelps’ all-time mark of 393. ... In four seasons in the ACC, his Irish have appeared in the ACC title game twice (2015, ’17) ... In the last three seasons, Notre Dame has seven NCAA victories and made back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in 2015 and ’16.