Records (2011-12): No. 22 Notre Dame 22-12, Evansville 16-16
When: 2 p.m. today
Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend
Radio: 1450 AM
Notre Dame leaders (2011-12 stats): Jack Cooley (12.5 ppg), Cooley (8.9 rpg), Jerian Grant (5 apg)
Evansville leaders (2011-12 stats): Colt Ryan (20.5 ppg), Troy Taylor (4.9 rpg), Taylor (3.5 apg)
Key matchup: Notre Dame guards Eric Atkins and Grant will have to match the production of Evansville’s Ryan and Taylor. Atkins and Grant combined to average 24.3 points and 9.1 assists last season for the Irish. Ryan and Taylor averaged a combined 26.3 points and 6.8 assists last season for the Purple Aces.
The skinny: Today’s season opener is the first of two preliminary-round games of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Notre Dame holds a 5-4 advantage in its series against Evansville. The Irish return all five starters from last season’s team that reached the NCAA tournament for a third straight year.