KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 22: Jack Cooley #45 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shoots over Donte Williams #15 of the Georgia Bulldogs during the Progressive CBE Classic consolation game on November 22, 2011 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the West Virginia Mountaineers for the first of two season matchups.
Notre Dame enters the contest fresh off their 76-59 win over the Marquette Golden Eagles (20-5) in a game where four Irish starters crossed into double digits in points. Freshman G Pat Connaughton shone brightly in the game, snatching 11 rebounds and scoring 23 points.
On the season, Eric Atkins has the been the team's top scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game through 21 games. Against West Virginia, though, the Fighting Irish may need the most excellent play from F Jack Cooley, averaging 8.4 rebounds per game, as they face the two-way threat of F Kevin Jones, who is averaging 20.8 points and 11.2 rebounds.
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