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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Bryant Bulldogs Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/9/13

Bryant Bulldogs (6-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-2)

College Basketball: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Joyce Center)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Bryant Bulldogs face off in South Bend  Monday Night in college basketball action.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 6-2 for the season, including a 6-1 mark at home this season. ND has played just the 334th ranked schedule, but with games against Indiana and Ohio State coming up before starting their ACC schedule, things get more difficult in a hurry. Lerian Grant leads the Irish, averaging 19.4 points and 5.9 assists per game. Garrick Sherman is averaging 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, Eric Atkins is averaging 13.6 points and 5.0 assists, and Pat Connaughton is averaging 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. Notre Dame is averaging 84.4 points per game and they are shooting 50.2 percent from the floor, while defensively they are allowing 70.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44 percent from the floor. Notre Dame will need to pile up wins when they can because they aren’t going to come easy this year.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Bryant Bulldogs Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/9/13

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The Bryant Bulldogs are 6-3 on the season and are coming off of a loss last time out, falling to North Dakota State. Bryant plays in the NEC and the conference looks to be up for grabs this season. Dayami Starks leads the bulldogs, averaging 23.4 points per game. Alex Francis is averaging 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds, Joe O’Shea is averaging 9.4 points, and Corey Maynard is averaging 9.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. Bryant is averaging 73.8 points and they are shooting 48.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44.4 percent. Bryant has played the 95th ranked schedule in the nation and it will get much easier when they begin NEC play.

Notre Dame is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight non-conference games, 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight games overall, and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six home games. Bryant is 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games.

The line for this one opened at 14.5 and it has been dropping since. To be honest I don’t love this one, I know Notre Dame has a terrible record of covering point spreads in non-conference games, but they roasted me against Cornell. I'm going to take the points one more time as the longer term trend and the numbers add up to a Bryant cover.

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Bryant +13.5

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