Records: No. 22 Notre Dame 1-0, Monmouth 1-0
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend
Radio: 1450 AM
Notre Dame leaders: Jack Cooley (19 points), Scott Martin (17 rebounds), Eric Atkins (4 assists)
Monmouth leaders: Andrew Nicholas (28 points), Khalil Brown (9 rebounds), Jesse Steele (6 assists)
Key matchup: The 6-foot-9 Brown will have to find a way to deal with the 6-9 Cooley, who recorded his 14th career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Irish’s 58-49 season-opening win over Evansville on Saturday. Brown had two offensive and seven defensive rebounds in the Hawks’ 91-62 season-opening win over Hofstra on Friday.
The skinny: Tonight’s game is the second preliminary game in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Notre Dame will play in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the championship round, starting with St. Joseph’s on Friday and then it will play either Florida State or BYU on Saturday. Martin’s 17 rebounds in the season opener was a career high. Coach Mike Brey said after the opener that his team needs to improve its free-throw shooting after going 18 for 30 at the line.