Men's College Basketball
Preview
Western Michigan at Notre Dame
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Where: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, South Bend, Indiana

Notre Dame gets a brief reprieve from a monster early schedule Wednesday night when it hosts Western Michigan in a non-conference basketball game.

The game will serve as the home opener for the Fighting Irish (0-1), who have never lost their first home game of the season under coach Mike Brey, going 20-0.

Wednesday's matchup pits foes that have not met since the 1992 National Invitation Tournament in a game won by the Fighting Irish, 63-56.

Western Michigan hasn't beaten Notre Dame since 1966, having lost eight straight.

Notre Dame opened this season with an 80-70 loss at No. 13 Michigan State on Saturday, tipping off a run of five ranked opponents in its first six games. The Broncos (0-1) are the lone exception in a stretch that includes now-No. 13 Tennessee, No. 23 Ohio State, No. 20 Kentucky and No. 6 Duke.

Prentiss Hubb, Notre Dame's top returning scorer, connected on four 3-pointers to account for a majority of his team-high 23 points in the loss. Notre Dame shot just 35 percent from the field.

The game also served as the Notre Dame debut of Stanford transfer Cormac Ryan, who scored 13 points and earned credit from Brey for asserting himself immediately among the team's veterans.

"There are two loud voices," Brey said. "It's Prentiss Hubb's team, but Cormac Ryan is a great voice. Your two guards set the tone. I'm really excited about them helping me run the group."

Western Michigan likewise is coming off a season-opening loss on the road, having played competitively with Butler before falling 66-62 last Wednesday. The Broncos had a scheduled game against Trine University of Indiana canceled on Saturday.

In their debut under Clayton Bates, the Broncos shot 9 for 18 on 3-pointers and left a lot of room for improvement, the new coach said.

"We are proud of our team's effort and competitive spirit. We can and will learn from tonight," Bates said after the game. "There were a lot of positives we can take from the game as well as many opportunities where we can learn and get better."

B. Artis White paced the Broncos with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He and Patrick Emilien, who finished with 11 points, each made three 3-pointers.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Western Michigan 0-1 L1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0
Notre Dame 0-1 L1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0
Last Meeting
Western Michigan Notre Dame
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Western Michigan N/A
Notre Dame N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Western Michigan N/A
Notre Dame N/A
Assists Player  
Western Michigan N/A
Notre Dame N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Western Michigan B. White 17 62.5 4
Notre Dame P. Hubb 23 31.8 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Western Michigan P. Emilien 7 0 7
Notre Dame N. Laszewski 9 2 7
Assists Player  
Western Michigan B. White 5
Notre Dame D. Goodwin 4
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Western Michigan Off vs  red bar Notre Dame Defense
blue bar 62.0 Points For
red bar 80.0 Points Against
blue bar 46.0 FG%
red bar 42.9 FG%
blue bar 33.0 Reb
red bar 46.0 Reb
red bar Notre Dame Off vs  blue bar Western Michigan Defense
red bar 70.0 Points For
blue bar 66.0 Points Against
red bar 35.0 FG%
blue bar 40.4 FG%
red bar 33.0 Reb
blue bar 30.0 Reb