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Irish Insights


Irish set to take on Red Storm

A theme for Notre Dame leading up to tonight's men's basketball game against St. John's has been their similarities.

"They are definitely a really talented group," Irish forward Tim Abromaitis said of St. John's. "They are similar to us in that they have a lot of guys who are capable of doing a lot of different things. They are a really old team, too. I would say that is another similarity to us. I think they're a team that has experienced the Big East a few times. They know the challenges that they face."

The No. 14 Irish (13-2, 2-1 Big East) and Red Storm (10-3, 3-0) are veteran-heavy teams with Notre Dame having five seniors and St. John's 10.

And neither team has a standout star.

Abromaitis is Notre Dame's leading scorer with 16.5 points per game, but he is followed by guard Ben Hansbrough's 15.6 points per game, Tyrone Nash's 10.2 average and Scott Martin's 10 points per game.

St. John's is led by guard Dwight Hardy's 16.6 points per game, forward Justin Brownlee's 14.4 scoring average and D.J. Kennedy's 11.8 points per game.

St. John's also comes in with some confidence after starting Big East play perfect.

The Red Storm opened with road wins over West Virginia and Providence then upset No. 13 Georgetown on Monday.

"They are playing really well right now," Nash said. "They had a couple of tough losses early in the season, but they are clicking at the right time."