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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Canisius Golden Griffins Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/29/13

Canisius Golden Griffins (8-4) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm (Joyce Center)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Canisius Golden Griffins face off on Sunday in college basketball action.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have lost two of their last three games as they play their final game before starting ACC play. ND has played the 135th ranked schedule and they are 7-2 at home this season. Jerian Grant is averaging 19 points and 6.2 rebounds to lead the Irish. Garrick Sherman is averaging 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, Pat Connaughton is averaging 13.6 points and 7.5 rebounds, and Eric Atkins is averaging 11.8 points and 4.2 assists. Notre Dame is averaging 79.5 points and they are shooting 47.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.3 points and their opponents are shooting 43.5 percent. Notre Dame opens their ACC schedule against Duke on January 4th.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Canisius Golden Griffins Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/29/13

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The Canisius Golden Griffins are 8-4 for the season but they are just 1-3 on the road this season. Canisius has already began MAAC play and are 2-0 in the conference thus far and they have won four of their last five games. Billy Baron leads the Golden Griffins averaging 20 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. Chris Perez is averaging 11.6 points, Jordan Heath is averaging 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds, and Chris Manhertz is averaging 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. Canisius is averaging 73.8 points and they are shooting 44.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 72.6 points and their opponents are shooting 45.6 percent. Canisius should contend for the MAAC title this year. 

Notre Dame is 1-6-1 against the spread in their last eight home games and 6-2-1 against the spread following a loss. Canisius is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games and 1-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

The number here looks to be a little to the high side so I am going to roll with the points and Canisius. 

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Canisius Golden Griffins +11

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