Pssst you. Can you keep a college basketball secret?
Do we promise?
One of the most storied rivalries in Notre Dame men’s basketball history returns to the Irish schedule to begin the 2022-23 season. But the NCAA being the NCAA doesn’t want anyone to know about it. Or acknowledge that it will happen and then it will happen.
will be. Notre Dame will play DePaul.
Instead of playing the second exhibition against an overmatched but grateful opponent as he usually does at the start of the year, Irish head coach Mike Brey will take a different approach. His program has traveled only once before – in October 2018.
That year, Notre Dame and Cincinnati met in Indianapolis for a “secret” scrimmage. This year, Notre Dame and DePaul will do the same on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Wintrust Arena on Chicago’s South Side. What time it will start – or is supposed to start – has not yet been decided.
Notre Dame and DePaul have met 106 times. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 62-44. Some games — like the 76-74 overtime victory over the Irish on Feb. 27, 1980 — are memorable. Others—too many to mention and too recent—have not. The Irish have won 11 straight and 12 of 13 against the Blue Devils, their one-time Big East colleagues.
DePaul finished 15-16 last season, its first under head coach Tony Stubblefield. Notre Dame was 24-11.
The NCAA allowed Division I teams to field these Division I teams several years ago. They are classified as secret because they are just like that. Neither party involved can admit that it happened or that it happened. No statistics can be released for the game conditions in which the teams operate. Not open to the public. Not open to the media. There is no word on what is supposed to happen, but it always comes out.
When Notre Dame took on Cincinnati that night, the Irish left Indianapolis. He struggled with UC’s size. Mooney continued to lead the Irish in scoring (14.1 ppg.
The game is not listed on Notre Dame’s official 2022-23 schedule. In many ways, it’s like it’s never going to happen. But it does.
Walnut:Breaking down Ireland’s 2022-23 schedule
Not really a game, but more like a series of game situations where coaches can evaluate their teams in different situations and situations. Maybe, four five-minute segments of five-on-five. Then some late situations, for example, with 20 seconds on the clock and a certain point on the board, each team works twice on offense and defense. Maybe some individual skills will work. It’s something different to break down a preseason practice and get something more than just another glorified pickup game against a Division III outfit.
According to the NCAA’s confidential cheating guidelines, Brey cannot publicly confirm or deny that DePaul cheated on the schedule. Indeed, two sources close to the program told the Tribune Monday evening. And it makes sense. A lot of feeling.
Notre Dame, a veteran team that features six fifth-year players this season, has no business playing a second exhibition game. This program should have been rejected. Earlier is better. Cormac Ryan and Nate Laszewski and Dane Goodwin are getting nothing from the second exhibition. A blowout against DePaul checks almost every box for Notre Dame.
A quick bus to Chicago allows Notre Dame freshmen (Dom Campbell, Ven-Allen Lubin, JJ Stallings) and a graduate transfer (Marcus Hammond) to learn how it all works away from home. The trip. The meetings. Pregame Mass Preparation. It’s an easy ride, with the Marriott Marquis essentially attached to Wintrust, the building Notre Dame last visited to officially open the arena and start the 2017-18 season — with a 72-58 victory.
Going this route is something that Bree will continue to do going forward – a traditional exhibition at home, a secret skirmish on a power conference program relatively close to home. For this season, it’s Dipole. Next year, how about Butler. or Indiana. Maybe even Dayton?
Any option will be on the table. They should all be. According to The Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, 11 of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 15 teams had secret scrimmages last season. It has become the way of the college basketball world, though no one knows it.
Notre Dame opens the regular season Nov. 2 at home against Radford.