Duke Blue Devils vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (21-3) at Duke Blue Devils (19-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The 10th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish improved to 21-3 (9-2 ACC) on the season after defeating the Boston College Eagles, 71-63, this past Wednesday. Notre Dame shot 50% from the field and 47.6% (10-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Irish was Jerian Grant who had 17 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals. Notre Dame is ranked 27th in the RPI Standings and has played the 150th ranked SOS. On the season, the Fighting Irish have been led by Jerian Grant (17.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.4 apg) and Zach Auguste (13.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.7 bpg). Notre Dame is averaging 80.8 ppg (ranked 6th) on 52.1% shooting (ranked 2nd). The Fighting Irish is averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 18th) on 40.4% three-point shooting (ranked 15th). Notre Dame is holding their opponents to an average of 64.1 ppg (ranked 118th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 119th). The Fighting Irish commit only 13.7 fouls per game (ranked 3rd) and have a turnover margin of 2.3 (ranked 45th).
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The 4th ranked Duke Blue Devils improved to 19-3 (6-3 ACC) on the season after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 72-66, this past Wednesday. Duke shot 45.6% from the field and 27.8% (5-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Blue Devils was Justise Winslow who had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals. Duke is ranked 5th in the RPI Standings and has played the 8th ranked SOS. On the season, the Blue Devils have been led by Jahlil Okafor (18.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg) and Tyus Jones (11.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.9 apg). Duke is averaging 80.2 ppg (ranked 10th) on 49.5% shooting (ranked 7th). The Blue Devils are averaging 15.2 apg (ranked 34th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.37 (ranked 21st). Duke is holding their opponents to an average of 64.6 ppg (ranked 134th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 181st). The Blue Devils pull down 37.95 total rpg (ranked 40th) and have a rebound margin of 6.9 (ranked 18th).
The Fighting Irish are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. The Blue Devils are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.
Notre Dame was able to get the victory against Duke a couple a weeks ago in a game that felt like it was an NCAA tournament game. Notre Dame can really light it up from the field however, they don't have a very deep bench as only 7 players saw playing time in their recent victory against Boston College. Duke was a little sluggish in their win against Georgia Tech, however, this is one of the top teams in the country and is going to be looking for revenge on their home court. I think Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones will lead Duke to a big victory at home. Take Duke to cover in this one.