When the Notre Dame Fighting Irish play Syracuse in huge Big East conference basketball game Monday at 7 p.m, former Dirigo High star Thomas Knight is expected to be in the the Irish starting lineup.

Why wouldn't he be? Knight became a starter three games ago and Notre Dame has won all three games.

The last one came in overtime Saturday afternoon at DePaul, 79-71. Knight scored 6 points and hauled down 7 rebounds in 30 minutes of play. The win puts the Irish record at 18-4 (6-3 in Big East).

Coach Mike Brey changed up things after his team lost three of four games. One of those changes was adding Knight to the starting lineup.

The 6-foot, 9-inch Knight played for Dirigo High School in Dixfield. He scored over 1,300 points in three seasons of Maine high school basketball.

Monday night's game between the Irish and Syracuse can be heard on 92.9TheTicket. Tip time is 7 p.m.