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Notre Dame vs. Purdue - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Purdue Boilermakers (8-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Purdue Boilermakers face off on Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse in college basketball action.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 10-1 this season and they are ranked 21st in the nation. Notre Dame is averaging 84.9 points and they are shooting 55.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 60.3 points and their opponents are shooting 38.8 percent. Jerian Gran leads the Fighting Irish averaging 18.9 points and 6.0 assists per game. Zach Auguste is averaging 15.2 points and 6.8 rebounds, Demetrius Jackson is averaging 13.3 points, and Pat Connaughton is averaging 12.7 points and 7.6 rebounds. Notre Dame is 1-1 I neutral court games but they have played just the 336th ranked schedule this season.

Notre Dame vs. Purdue - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Purdue Boilermakers are 8-3 this season and they are coming off of a 10-point loss to Vandy last Saturday. Purdue is averaging 76.7 points and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.5 points and their opponents are shooting 38.6 percent. Kendall Stephens leads the Boilermakers averaging 12.3 points per game. Vince Edwards is averaging 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds, Raphael Davis is averaging 9.4 points, Isaac Haas is averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, and A.J. Hammons is averaging 9.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Purdue is 2-1 in neutral site games this season but this is their first game against a ranked team.

Notre Dame is 4-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 6-15-1 against the spread in their last 22 games, and 0-7 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread. Purdue is 4-0 against the spread against the ACC, 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, and 7-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

 Notre Dame is a light favorite here as the public and the books have as little faith in them as I do and I look for Purdue to win outright. 

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