Notre Dame travels to face Boston College in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams on Friday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Fighting Irish (3-3) are off to a slow start after splitting their six nonconference games to open the season. Notre Dame has dropped two straight and three of its last four after opening the campaign with back-to-back wins.
After losing two of their three games at the Maui Invitational in Hawaii, the Fighting Irish fell 82-72 at Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Monday night.
Blake Wesley’s team-high 24 points off the bench weren’t enough as Notre Dame struggled to contain the Fighting Illini’s star duo of Kofi Cockburn (28 points, 8 rebounds) and Alfonso Plummer (21 points).
“We had our moments,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “I thought we were a little better offensively at times. We’re certainly learning about our group. But we couldn’t really get enough stops to make it more than a two-possession game in the second half.”
Fighting Irish leading scorer Dane Goodwin had 15 points versus Illinois and is averaging 16 points per game overall.
Boston College (5-3) has yet to lose at home this season after collecting all five of its victories at Conte Forum. The Eagles have won two straight games following three straight road losses, earning a 64-49 home win over South Florida last time out on Monday.
James Karnik’s 12 points and seven rebounds set the tone for the Eagles, who have put an emphasis on defense this season and held the Bulls to just 35.7 percent shooting. Leading scorer DeMarr Langford Jr. (12.4 points per game) and Quinten Post added 11 points apiece for BC.
“I mean it’s progress,” first-year BC coach Earl Grant said via student newspaper The Heights. “We are very aware that we have a lot of climbing to do and a lot of work to do to get the program in the right direction moving forward. So, every night is a war.”
Notre Dame leads the all-time series 26-12 and is 13-2 against the Eagles in ACC play. BC is 8-11 at home against the Fighting Irish, and the teams split their two meetings one season ago.
–Field Level Media