Notre Dame fifth-year senior guard Dane Goodwin was a freshman the last time the Irish played another Division I team in a secret scrimmage.

Notre Dame, DePaul to play in college basketball, but keep it quiet

Psst. Hey, you. Can you keep a college basketball secret?

Promise?

One of the most storied rivalries in Notre Dame men’s basketball history returns to the Irish schedule to start the 2022-23 season. But the NCAA being the NCAA, it doesn’t want anyone to know about it. Or acknowledge that it will, and then did, happen.

It will. Notre Dame will play DePaul.

Rather than play a second exhibition against an overmatched but grateful opponent at Purcell Pavilion, as is usually the case early in the year, Irish head coach Mike Brey will take a different route. It’s one that his program has traveled only once prior — in October 2018.

That year, Notre Dame and Cincinnati met in Indianapolis for a “secret” scrimmage. This year, Notre Dame and DePaul will do the same on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Wintrust Arena on the south end of Chicago. What time it starts—or supposedly starts—has yet to be determined.

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