1975–76 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team

The 1975–76 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1975–76 season. The team was coached by Digger Phelps and was ranked in the Associated Press poll for the entirety of the season. The Fighting Irish finished the regular season with a record of 23–6. In 1976 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, the Fighting Irish defeated Cincinnati in the first round, 79–78. Notre Dame would fall to Michigan in the second round.

1975–76 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
ConferenceIndependent
1975–76 record23–6
Head coachDigger Phelps (5th season)
Home arenaJoyce Center
Seasons

RosterEdit

1975–76 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
C 54 Roger Anderson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr St. Paul, Minnesota
F/C 45 Dave Batton 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Springfield, PA
G 10 Jeff Carpenter 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Oak Park, IL
F 44 Adrian Dantley 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Washington, D. C.
F/C 34 Bruce Flowers 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Huntington Woods, MI
F 22 Randy Haefner 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Milford, OH
F/C 43 Toby Knight 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Shoreham, NY
G 23 Dave Kuzmicz 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr South Bend, IN
C 52 Bill Laimbeer 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Toledo, Ohio
G 21 Ray Martin 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Long Island City, NY
F 55 Bill Paterno 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Spring Lake, NJ
G 25 Don Williams 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Washington, D.C.
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
November 29
Kent State W 90–61  1–0
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
December 2
Valparaiso W 117–83  2–0
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
December 6
Texas Tech W 88–63  3–0
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
December 8
at Kansas W 72–64  4–0
Allen Fieldhouse 
Lawrence, Kansas
December 11
No. 8 at No. 1 Indiana L 60–63  4–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
December 13
Saint Francis (PA) W 103–73  5–1
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
December 30
at Kentucky L 77–79  5–2
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, Kentucky
January 3
at UCLA W 66–63  5–3
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 10
Manhattan W 88–71  6–3
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
January 12
at Pittsburgh W 77–66  7–3
Fitzgerald Field House 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
January 14
Ball State W 119–78  8–3
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
January 17
at Xavier W 90–79  9–3
Cincinnati Gardens 
Cincinnati, Ohio
January 21
Saint Joseph (IN) W 97–60  10–3
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
January 24
UCLA W 95–85  11–3
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
January 28
DePaul W 89–68  12–3
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
January 31
Maryland L 63–69  12–4
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
February 4
at La Salle W 108–89  13–4
Tom Gola Arena 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 7
Davidson W 117–74  14–4
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
February 9
St. Bonaventure W 95–80  15–4
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
February 11
Villanova W 84–57  16–4
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
February 14
West Virginia W 97–77  17–4
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
February 16
vs. Butler W 92–79  18–4
 
 
February 19
vs. Fordham W 91–78  19–4
 
 
February 21
at South Carolina W 90–83  20–4
Carolina Coliseum 
Columbia, SC
February 25
at Dayton W 85–79  21–4
University of Dayton Arena 
Dayton, Ohio
February 28
Marquette L 75–81  21–5
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
March 1
Western Michigan W 95–88 OT 22–5
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
March 13
Cincinnati
NCAA Tournament • First Round
W 79–78  23–5
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, Kentucky
March 18
Michigan
NCAA Tournament • Second Round
L 76–80  23–6
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, Kentucky
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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Team players drafted into the NBAEdit

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 6 Adrian Dantley Buffalo Braves

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1975-76 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule". sports-reference.com. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "2018_19_MBB_Media_Guide_season" (PDF). Notre Dame Athletics. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "1976 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 6, 2019.