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Notre Dame looks for road success

Notre Dame is hungry for road wins. The Irish are 1-4 away from Purcell Pavilion in league play this season, and they have gone 3-11 in road games over the last two seasons.

Irish guard Jackson said the early arrival in New Jersey could help the Irish, whose only Big East away game victory was over South Florida 74-73 Jan. 5, secure a second road win this season because of the extra time the team will have in Prudential Center.

The Irish (17-7, 6-5 Big East) were originally planning to arrive at Seton Hall (12-9, 3-7) on Wednesday night.

"I think it is a positive for us, to tell you the truth," Jackson said before the team left Tuesday. "It's a great opportunity for us to get out a day early. This is huge for us because we get down there to actually practice on their floor, and develop that mentality that we have been having at home."

Notre Dame had practices schedule on the Pirates' home court Tuesday and Wednesday and planned on returning to a normal game day schedule today.

"It helps with shooters," Jackson said of extra practice time on an unfamiliar court. "You give a shooter confidence. Then you get back in there on game night, and he thinks he is shooting in an ocean. It helps out knowing different places of where to shoot and getting into a rhythm. It is still a court, everything is still the same, but it really helps the shooter's mind."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.