1. Most game stories will begin like this one, with Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley leading the way for the Irish with 13 points a piece. But it took Grant 15 shots to score 13 points, and it took Cooley just 8. Efficiency, folks. It matters. Grant shot 4-15 from the field and now has failed to make more than half his shot attempts in 12 of 14 Big East games. He also tied his career high with 6 turnovers.
2. Pitt is the 3rd best offensive rebounding team in the nation, grabbing 41% of their own misses. Notre Dame is a solid defensive rebounding team, limiting opponents to under 30% OR%. On Monday Notre Dame dominated that battle, holding Pitt to a season low of 18.2%. It was the first time Pitt has been held below 20% in Big East play since February, 2010 against Marquette.
3. The Panthers were held to 0-8 shooting from beyond the arc. It was the 2nd time this year that they failed to make a 3-pointer.
4. Notre Dame won 51-42 in a 54 possession game. It was just the 2nd time this year that Pitt was held below a point per possession, and the 0.78 points per possession scored was Pitt's worst since last year's 62-39 Rutgers debacle.
5. Pitt's largest lead was 16 points, when they held a 19-3 advantage almost 13 minutes into the game. The rest of the way Notre Dame outscored them 48-23.