"Notre Dame is the only team undefeated all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, winning each of its four contests since joining the league for the 2013-14 season. The ACC has never lost the event, recording a 7-0-3 record in the overall challenge and a 71-51 mark in individual contests with the Irish contributing victories over Penn State (2013), Maryland (2014), Ohio State (2015) and Iowa (2016)."
- Michigan won the Women's NIT last year, led -- as usual -- by Katelynn Flaherty who is an amazing long-range shooter. Don't be surprised if you see Marina and/or Mychal Johnson trailing her all over the court.
- Their other major returner is center Hallie Thome, who averaged 16.1 ppg and 7.1 rebounds per game. This will be a good test for our frosh posts, Mikayla Vaughn and/or Danielle Patterson. Thome can go back to basket and has a pretty fair medium-range jumper. She'll hit the boards, too.
- Interestingly, Leigh Torbin's ND press release listed the Irish as having four returning starters, including Brianna Turner. Don't know if this is pro forma, wishful thinking or if there's good news on that rehab front (although it seems early). In any case, I've included the link.