The Birth Of Notre Dame Basketball

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Alan Wasielewski | July 10, 2020

When the University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team finished the truncated 2019-20 season with a victory over Boston College in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, it became the eighth college basketball program in the nation to win 1,900 games, a feat which, according to record books, took 115 seasons.

Or so we thought. That was the reality when the season began. However, more research has brought to light two previously undiscovered seasons, placing the Irish at 1,904 college basketball wins in 117 years of basketball. 

Let’s review what we knew about the Notre Dame men’s basketball program entering the 2019-20 season. When a reader opens up the record book and turns to the season-by-season index, it begins with a loss to Chicago First Regiment on January 29, 1898, followed by a 19-13 loss to the Chicago Clybournes on February 5, 1898. 

The Scholastic, a weekly student newspaper at Notre Dame, honored the effort of the team against the Clybournes in its update the following week. 

Read more here.

 by Daily Domer Staff

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