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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Miami Hurricanes - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Hurricanes (12-4) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (16-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Joyce Center)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Miami (FL) Hurricanes will travel to the Purcell Pavilion to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this Saturday afternoon.

The Miami Hurricanes improved to 12-4 (2-1 ACC) on the season after upsetting the 4th ranked Duke Blue Devils 90-74 this past Tuesday. The Hurricanes shot 51.8% from the field and 50.0% (10-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Miami was Angel Rodriguez who had 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. The Hurricanes are currently ranked 52nd in the RPI Standings and have played the 75th ranked SOS. On the season, Miami has been led by Sheldon McClellan (15.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Angel Rodriguez (15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.3 spg). The Hurricanes are averaging 71.1 ppg (ranked 110th) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 98th). Miami is averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 33rd) and shoot 71.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 89th). Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing their opponents to average 62.2 ppg (ranked 83rd) on 40.7% shooting (ranked 100th). Miami is averaging 25.69 defensive rpg (ranked 83rd) and 35.44 total rpg (ranked 156th).

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Miami Hurricanes - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 12th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish improved to 16-2 (4-1 ACC) on the season after beating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 62-59 this past Wednesday. Notre Dame shot 43.5% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Irish was Demetrius Jackson who had 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Notre Dame is currently ranked 48th in the RPI Standings and has played the 199th ranked SOS. On the season, the Fighting Irish have been led by Jerian Grant (16.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.4 spg) and Zach Auguste (14.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg). Offensively, Notre Dame is averaging 82.1 ppg (ranked 11th) on 53.0% shooting (ranked 1st). The Fighting Irish make 8.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 18th) on 40.7% shooting (ranked 9th). Notre Dame has a 1.67 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 2nd). Defensively, the Fighting Irish are holding their opponents to an average of 62.2 ppg (ranked 81st) on 39.9% shooting (ranked 82nd). Notre Dame is averaging 25.72 defensive rpg (ranked 81st), and 34.39 total rpg (ranked 199th). Zach Auguste looks as if he will be out of this game due to an undisclosed off-the-court issue.

The Hurricanes are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 Saturday games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the ACC. The Fighting Irish are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss and 5-17-2 ATS in their last 24 home games.

Miami is going to be a popular pick in this game considering their getting considerable points coming off a trashing of the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Notre Dame looks as if they will be without Zach Auguste however, I don’t Miami being able to have nearly as close the offensive success against Notre Dame as they did against Duke. I think Miami struggles from the floor in this one and the best shooting team in the country, Notre Dame, scores enough to cover this spread. I’m taking Notre Dame to cover in this one. 

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish -7.5

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