January 12, 1999 - Last game ND did not make any 3 point shots

Notre Dame came in with a 9-7 record during the 1998-1999 season. The victories were not against top caliber talent (Yale, Central Michigan) but the prior two wins were against Big East foes Pittsburgh and Miami (FL). The losses came against many of the better teams (Duke, Indiana, Syracuse, Villanova). Today's game came against a very good team, top ranked Connecticut in the Hartford Civic Center.

Connecticut was favored by 23 points and Notre Dame could have used a few more in their favor. The final score would show #1 Connecticut 101 - Notre Dame 70. Not only was this the worst loss in the past thirteen years, it also was the last game that no player made a three point shot. Since then, the men's basketball team has made at least one three point basket in 425 consecutive games.

             1  2      
Notre Dame  33 37 -  70
Connecticut 54 47 - 101

Coach John MacLeod's squad would go 0-7 from beyond the arc despite shooting 50% on two point shots. Freshman Troy Murphy would play 32 minutes scoring eleven points, seven which came from free throws. Harold Swanagan was the point leader for the Irish with 15 points. Connecticut would go on to win the national championship and certainly showed it against Notre Dame.

The streak came very close to ending on November 26, 2010 against California in the Old Spice Classic semifinal. With 2:23 left in the game, Ben Hansbrough made the lone three point shot. Notre Dame would win 57-44 but the team shot 1-20 on three pointers. Thanks to Hansbrough's successful shot, every game coached by Mike Brey has resulted in at least one successful three pointer.

Keywords: basketball, connecticut, john macleod, mike brey, yale, central michigan, miami, duke, indiana, syracuse, villanova, troy murphy, harold swanagan, california, old spice classic, ben hansbrough

Posted On: 2012-01-12 00:15:01 by IrishTrpt07


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