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College basketball preview: Notre Dame vs. Niagara

Records: No. 22 Notre Dame 11-1, Niagara 5-6

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend

Web: ESPNU

Radio: 1450 AM

Notre Dame leaders: Jack Cooley (14.5 ppg); Cooley (11 rpg); Eric Atkins (7.5 apg)

Niagara leaders: Antoine Mason (19.2 ppg); T.J. Cline (5.5 rpg); Juan’ya Green (4.8 apg)

Key matchup: Atkins is coming off a career-high 13 assists in Wednesday’s 85-57 win over Kennesaw State. The 6-foot-2 junior is also averaging 10.8 points. Green, a 6-3 sophomore, will need to keep Atkins in check while also running the Purple Eagles’ offense.

The skinny: Irish guard Jerian Grant will likely not play tonight after injuring his back when he landed hard after a collision with Kennesaw State’s Jordan Montgomery on Wednesday. “I just think he’s going to be too sore until we get back from Christmas,” coach Mike Brey said. … Notre Dame closes its non-conference schedule with its fourth game in seven days. The Irish have won their last nine games. … Niagara has won three of its last four games but is 0-2 all time against Notre Dame.

tkrausz@jg.net

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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