NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team will hold a one-hour practice session that will be open to the public from 10:00-11:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15 at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
The doors will remain open all evening prior to the practice as a result of Notre Dame’s volleyball game against DePaul at 7:30 p.m., at Purcell Pavilion. Fans are encouraged to attend both events. The start time of the practice could begin after 10:00 p.m., but not earlier, and will be dependent on the length of the volleyball match. Irish players will be available for an informal autograph session following the open practice.
October 15 begins the first official day of practice for 11th-year head coach Mike Brey and his 2010-11 Irish squad. Notre Dame will hold a two-hour closed practice beginning at 5:00 p.m. that afternoon in the practice gym known as The Pit in the Joyce Center.
Notre Dame returns three starters from last year’s team that finished 23-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in 10 years. The Irish finished 10-8 in BIG EAST play and advanced to the semifinal of the BIG EAST Championship for the second time in four seasons before losing to eventual champion and NCAA Final Four participant West Virginia.
The Irish open the season with two exhibition games against Marian University (Monday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.) and against Catholic University (Saturday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.) before the regular-season opener against Georgia Southern on Friday, November 12 at 8:30 p.m.