It is senior night and it will be the last time Jack Cooley, Tom Knight, and Scott Martin will play a game at the Joyce Center. Scott Martin has been out for a while now and is going to have career ending surgery on his knee for the third time. Tom Knight has stepped up and played an important role after Scott Martin went down with the injury and has been getting big minutes and playing well. Jack Cooley was a part of the All-Big East second team last season and was the Most Improved Player in 2011-2012 in the Big East. Cooley will be missed by all Notre Dame fans, for his blue collar play and his intensity on the boards. He is also up for Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year. Tonight fans will also see the seniors that haven’t seen a minute all season, Mike Broghammer and Joey Brooks.
The Irish lost the first matchup with Saint John’s this season by the score of 67-63. Jakarr Sampson the freshman from Akron, OH was their leading scorer even though the Irish held him to 5-14 shooting he was at the line 9 times and made 7 of those shots. Biedscheid was only 1-7 and played 24 minutes off the bench. It wasn’t a pretty game and don’t look for this one to be either.
The Irish have struggled to shoot the ball efficiently over the past 4 games, which now ranks them 24th in field goal percentage at 47.3%. Saint John’s is ranked 233rd in field goal percentage at 42.2%, which is extremely low. Cooley was sick against Marquette and saw limited minutes, but he should be recovered by now. If he is full strength, look for him to play most of the game and a double double on his senior night.