Notre Dame forward Knight's mind on more than NCAA Tournament game
Sunday's third-round NCAA tournament game against Florida State was the seventh time this season that Notre Dame has played with only one day between games. The Irish planned to treat the Friday-Sunday format just like a Saturday-Monday league turnaround during the regular season.
Notre Dame was 11-1 in one-game turnarounds this season, 5-1 in its three Saturday-Monday league tests. That included some of the season's biggest wins - the comeback over Marquette, the road shocker against Pittsburgh and the 32-point home party over Villanova.
"We've done it all year long," said senior captain Carleton Scott. "I think we're going to be prepared for it."
Florida State played with one day between games five times during the regular season, but only once when the stakes were higher in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Seminoles were 7-3 overall, 2-0 in league play.
As was the case for Notre Dame during the regular season without Scott, who missed four games with a slight tear to his left hamstring, Florida State's regular season carried an asterisk of sorts - the Seminoles played six games without junior Chris Singleton.
The 6-foot-9 forward suffered a broken right foot Feb. 12 against Virginia. Singleton returned for the NCAA tournament second-round game against Texas A&M. He had five points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal with four fouls in 16 minutes.
How much Singleton could offer Sunday was not clear.
Florida State's season statistics are broken down into games when the Seminoles had Singleton - they allowed 61.6 points per game and were 18-7, and games when they didn't - 64.8 points allowed and a 3-3 record.
"He's good," Scott said. "He was the (ACC) defensive player of the year, so you can't take that from him."
What big game?
A matchup between Notre Dame and Florida State -- in any sport -- often rekindles memories of that unseasonably mild November day in 1993 when No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 1 Florida State played a football game dubbed the "Game of the Century" -- at Notre Dame Stadium.
But for some of the Seminoles, maybe because of the final score -- a 31-24 Irish win -- that's ancient history.
"I'm vaguely familiar with it," said forward Bernard James.
"I don't know about it," offered guard Derwin Kitchen. "I was very young then and wasn't really paying attention to stuff like that."
Sunday was the first time that fifth-ranked Notre Dame and Florida State met in a men's basketball game.
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