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Notre Dame hits road for 1st time

Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey is nervous.

He will take his team on the road for the first time this season when the Irish (5-1) travel Tuesday to play No. 23 Iowa (7-1) in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

"I think for any coach going on the road for the first time, you are anxious to see it, you are worried about it, you are excited about it, all of the above," Brey said Monday.

But the coach will make sure his players do not see any of his anxiety of playing away from Purcell Pavilion, where the Irish played their first six games this year.

"Where I may be nervous inside, anxious, who are we going to be on the road? I don't think my guys will really see that in practice today or the shoot around tomorrow," Brey said.

The Irish have more than their coach's concerns about their performance on the road in the Hawkeyes.

Iowa is coming off an 88-83 to Villanova in the Battle 4 Atlantis, but Brey said he doesn't think that has hurt the Hawkeyes' confidence.

The Hawkeyes are holding opponents to 34 percent shooting, and Roy Devyn Marble leads the team with 16.8 points, 4 assists and 2.6 steals per game.

"I think he's really feeling good about who he is, driving it, slashing, on the backboard, and I think right now, he's kind of been a streaky shooter through his career, right now, I think he feels good about his jump shot, which worries you even more," Brey said. "A lot of different guys have to guard him. (Jerian Grant's_ got to guard him some. (Pat Connaughton's) got to guard him some. Demetrius Jackson could be on him some when we are in a smaller lineup. A lot of different guys are going to have to guard him."

But the Irish cannot focus only on Marble.

Brey said Aaron White, who is averaging 13 points, worries him, and Zach McCabe has proven to be an accurate shooter, hitting 50.9 percent of his shots and 52 percent of his 3-pointers.

And Brey said Notre Dame will need to worry about Adam Woodbury, even though the 7-foot-1 center is only averaging 4.9 points.

"Are they throwing it into the post to Woodbury more?" Brey said. "They haven't really done that as much, but he's a capable low-post scorer. And we play a big guy. I think at times they weren't able to play Woodbury, because they didn't have a matchup for him. But we have a big guy in the lineup, so is he on the floor more?

"I think there are a lot of guys that can do damage for them right now. And they come out, even though they lost a tough one on Saturday, I think they come out of Atlantis really confident."