The atmosphere in a Purcell Pavilion was tremendous with support from the entire Notre Dame football team and a blackout from the crowd. Based on Notre Dame’s winning ways at home, Kentucky probably was playing with their backs against the wall. Add in the fact that this was Kentucky’s first true road game and it was clear from the beginning that Notre Dame would have the advantage.
The Irish started off the game slow, falling behind by 6 points. Notre Dame then charged forward leading by as many as 20 points in the second half. Kentucky went on a small run near the end of the game but only were able to close within 10 points of the Irish.
The backcourt of Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant played magnificently throughout the night. Atkins scored 16 points to lead all Notre Dame scorers. Grant added 13 points. Freshman Cameron Biedscheid provided instant offense off the bench with 10 points.
The most showing statistic of this game was Notre Dame’s shooting behind the arch. Notre Dame made 8 of 15 of their 3-point shots or 53.3%. The Fighting Irish were 48.0% from the field. The Irish move to 7-1 on the season.