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College basketball preview: Indiana State at Notre Dame

Records: No. 21 Notre Dame (2-0), Indiana State (1-1)

When: Noon today

Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend

Radio: 1450 AM

TV: Fox Sports

Notre Dame leaders: Jerian Grant (20.5 ppg), Pat Connaughton (6.5 rpg), Grant (5.5 apg)

Indiana State leaders: Jake Odum (20 ppg), Odum (4.5 rpg), Odum (6 apg)

Key matchup: The Sycamores will need to find away to slow down the Irish’s Grant, a 6-foot-5, 203-pound senior guard. Grant scored a team-high 26 points in a 74-62 season-opening win over Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 8 and matched Garrick Sherman with a team-high 15 points in an 80-49 win over Stetson on Nov. 10. He has hit 65 percent of his shots and 63.6 percent on 3-pointers. Indiana State will likely call on Jake Odum, a 6-4, 180-pound senior guard, and Manny Arop, a 6-5, 215-pound senior guard, to help slow down Grant.

The skinny: Notre Dame has won both previous matchups against Indiana State, beating the Sycamores 81-72 at home in 2010 and 66-49 at home in 1947. … The Irish are playing a third straight home game to open the season. … Indiana State is playing its second road game in a row after losing 96-95 against Belmont on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. … Notre Dame freshman and former New Haven standout V.J. Beachem averaged 1.5 points and 2 rebounds in 6.5 minutes in the first two games.

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– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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