It's a big week for Notre Dame basketball fans, starting with Long Island tomorrow night. LIU has a fancy new website for the season and look to improve on last year's 10-19 record. In their only exhibition game, the Blackbirds rolled over Queens College 103-60.
Freshman Kyle Johnson, a 6'3" guard from Ajax, Ontario, was fantastic off the bench with 28 points. It will be interesting to see if he gets the start tomorrow. 6'5" senior forward Eugene Kotorobai scored 20. David Hicks was the only other player in double figures, with 15.
Long Island relied on some hot outside shooting for the opening win, going 13 for 27 from three-point land. In addition, 22 offensive boards led to second chance points. Overall, the Blackbirds outrebounded Queens 50-21. Though LIU's tallest player is 6'8", keep in mind that QC has no player taller than 6'6" (picture from last wednesday's game).
Notre Dame should have the speed and height to make this an easy win, but Coach Brey must make sure that this team takes nothing for granted.
After tomorrow, the Paradise Jam heats up starting Friday against Monmouth. That game is a 9:30 Atlantic, 8:30 Eastern. The winner will take on Baylor or Wichita State. Should be a fun early season test for this team.
As for tomorrow, just win baby.