NEW YORK, N.Y. --- After a fantastic season, in which they surpassed everyone’s expectations except maybe their own, Notre Dame sweeps the Big East awards! Senior Ben Hansbrough is the BIG EAST player of the year. Mike Brey is the BIG EAST coach of the year. And senior Tim Abromaitis is the BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year.
This is the third time in five years Brey has been selected the league’s top coach by his peers.
Brey is the fifth BIG EAST coach to win the award on three or more occasions. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun have earned the honor on four occasions. Boeheim was the recipient in 2010, 2000, 1991 and 1984, while Calhoun has been selected in 1998, 1996, 1994 and 1990. St. John’s Lou Carnesecca (1983, 1985 and 1986) and Georgetown’s John Thompson (1980, 1987 and 1992) were three-time coach-of-the-year honorees during their careers.
Hansbrough becomes the fourth Notre Dame player to earn player-of-the-year honors joining Pat Garrity (1997), Troy Murphy (2000 & 2001) and Luke Harangody (2008).
Hansbrough currently leads Notre Dame in scoring with a career-best 18.5 points per game, in addition to averaging 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists. In BIG EAST play, he finished as the Conference’s third-leading scorer at 20.7 points per game and also grabbed 4.1 rebounds and dished off 4.3 assists in 18 league outings.
Abromaitis becomes the third player in BIG EAST history to win the men’s basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year in back-to-back years. He has scored in double figures in all but four contests and tallied 20-plus points on 11 occasions. In his 30-point effort on Feb. 28 against Villanova, he tied a Purcell Pavilion record with nine three-pointers.
Currently, 25-5 overall, the Irish earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Conference Championship by finishing with a 14-4 record that matched the best mark in program history set by the 2007-08 Notre Dame team. The 25 regular-season victories are the most ever by an Irish team in the modern era and equals the most wins ever by a Notre Dame unit under Brey in BIG EAST play.
NotreDame heads into this week’s BIG EAST Tournament ranked fourth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today rankings and has won 11 of its last 12 games. The Irish play in a BIG EAST quarterfinals at 7pm on Thursday.