Records: Notre Dame 5-1, Chicago State 1-5
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend
Radio: 1450 AM
Notre Dame leaders: Jack Cooley (14.8 ppg), Cooley (11.3 rpg), Eric Atkins (6 apg)
Chicago State leaders: Jeremy Robinson (12.2 ppg), Robinson (7.6 rpg), Jamere Dismukes (3.5 apg)
Key matchup: Cooley, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, has been living up to All-Big East preseason selection, leading the Irish in scoring and rebounding. Robinson, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, provides the same for the Cougars. The post player who gets the edge could decide the game.
The skinny: Notre Dame senior guard Scott Martin didn’t play in Saturday’s 69-53 home win over Saint Francis (Pa.) because of tendinitis in his knee. Coach Mike Brey told reporters that he hoped to have Martin back for tonight’s game. Senior center Garrick Sherman made his first start for Notre Dame in place of Martin. Sherman scored 11 points against Saint Francis, giving him back-to-back double-digit scoring games for the first time in his career. The Irish are holding opponents to an average of 26.2 points in the first half.