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College basketball preview: Notre Dame vs. Georgetown

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend

Records: No. 20 Notre Dame 15-3, 3-2 Big East; Georgetown 12-4, 2-3

TV: ESPN

Radio: 1480 AM

Notre Dame leaders: Jack Cooley (15.1 ppg); Cooley (10.7 rpg); Eric Atkins (6.7 apg)

Georgetown leaders: Otto Porter (14.3 ppg); Porter (7.6 rpg); Markel Starks, Nate Lubick (2.8 apg)

Key matchup: Cooley returned to form for Notre Dame in Saturday’s 69-66 victory over Rutgers as the 6-foot-9 forward scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Porter, a 6-8 forward, is Georgetown’s version of Cooley as he leads the Hoyas in points and rebounds.

The skinny: The Irish snapped a two-game losing streak with the win over Rutgers. … Georgetown had its two-game winning streak end with a 61-58 loss at South Florida on Saturday. … Notre Dame enters tonight’s game as the third best scoring team in the Big East, averaging 74.6 points. Georgetown has the conference second-best defense, giving up 56.3 points per game.

tkrausz@jg.net

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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