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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/3/13

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Tuesday in college basketball action.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 7-1 for the season and are ranked 23rd in the nation. The Hawkeyes are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season losing to Villanova on Saturday. Roy Devyn Marble leads Iowa averaging 16.8 points, 4.0 assists, and 2.6 steals per game. Aaron White is averaging 13 points and 6.4 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Zach McCabe is averaging 9.8 points. Iowa is averaging 89 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 61 points and their opponents are shooting 34 percent. Iowa Faces Iowa State next week and they begin their Big Ten schedule on New Year’s Eve.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/3/13

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish enter this game at 5-1 for the season bouncing back from their upset loss against Indiana State with three wins. ND has played just the 350th ranked schedule in the country and this game should raise that number immediately. Jerian Grant leads the Irish averaging 19.5 points, 5.5 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. Eric Atkins is averaging 14 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.2 steals, Garrick Sherman is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Pat Connaughton averages 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Notre Dame is averaging 83.7 points and they are shooting 50.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 65 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Notre Dame faces Indiana and Ohio State before opening their ACC schedule with Duke the first week of January.

Iowa is 5-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 36-15 against the spread in their last 51 home games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Notre Dame is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, 4-10 against the spread following a win, and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games.

This just seems like a lot of points as Notre Dame might not be the better team but the difference isn’t this large. 

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Notre Dame +9.5

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