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Blackout Night at Purcell

Nov 29, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

Jonathan Peoples drives to the hoop at Rutgers on Jan. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Get ready. For just the second time in Notre Dame basketball history, the Fighting Irish will be sporting black jerseys at Purcell Pavilion.

The adidas uniforms are part of Notre Dame’s blackout promotion for tonight’s SEC – BIG EAST Challenge game against defending national champion #8 Kentucky. With the Irish switching it up this evening, fans are also encouraged to participate in the blackout. Shirts will be placed on each of the chairs in the arena.

Notre Dame wore black jerseys with kelly green and white trim for the first time on Feb. 18, 2006, at Seton Hall. Led by Chris Quinn (34 points) and Colin Falls (32), the Irish won, 102-91.

They wore the black jerseys for five of the remaining seven games of the 2005-06 season, and posted a 3-3 overall record in the alternate threads.

The black jerseys made their first and only appearance in South Bend for the NIT first round game against Vanderbilt on Mar. 15 of that year. Notre Dame won, 79-69.


Rick Cornett (11) and Rob Kurz celebrate during Notre Dame’s 102-91 victory at Seton Hall on Feb. 18, 2006, the first game the Irish wore black jerseys. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Despite playing in its home arena, Notre Dame was the lower seed and technically the away team. In basketball, home teams traditionally wear white, so Notre Dame had to make a special exception with the NCAA and Kentucky for tonight’s game.

Since the jerseys’ debut season, Notre Dame has donned black for 16 other games, but not since Jan. 30, 2010 in a 74-73 loss at Rutgers.

Overall, the Irish are 10-12 in the uniforms (2005-06: 3-3, 2006-07: 2-3, 2007-08: 4-2, 2008-09: 1-3, 2009-10: 0-1). Tonight, Notre Dame looks to improve its home record to 2-0 in alternate black unis, and more importantly, improve to 7-1 with a big non-conference victory to bolster that early NCAA tournament resume.

It’s the first marquee home game of the 2012-13 season, and it’s sure to be a special atmosphere in Purcell tonight.

If you don’t have a ticket, catch the Irish live on ESPN2 at 7 pm ET, and follow @NDmbb and @NDSportsBlogger on Twitter for more updates from tonight’s showdown.

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