Northeastern vs. Notre Dame - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northeastern Huskies (23-11) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (29-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm (Consol Energy Center)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -12.5 -- Over/Under: 141 See the Latest Odds
The Northeastern Huskies and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet THursday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Northeastern Huskies won the Colonial and have won six of their last seven games. On the season, Northeastern is averaging 68.6 points on 48.6 percent shooting and is allowing 65 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Scott Eatherton is averaging 14.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while David Walker is averaging 13.4 points and 3.5 assists. Quincy Ford is the third double-digit scorer and T.J. Williams is dishing 3.2 assists. The Northeastern Huskies have five players averaging at least 8.3 points, and they’re shooting 72.5 percent from the line and 38.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Northeastern is allowing 34.4 percent from deep and has given up 66 or less points in five of its last eight games.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won the ACC and have won five straight games. On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 78.8 points on 51 percent shooting and are allowing 65.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Jerian Grant is averaging 16.8 points and 6.6 assists while Pat Connaughton is averaging 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds. Demetrius Jackson is dishing 2.9 assists and Zach Auguste is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have four double-digit scorers, and they're shooting 74 percent from the line and 39.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five of its last six games.
The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Coast and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Like Notre Dame, Northeastern is a team that can flat out shoot the rock. The problem is Manhattan and Harvard are the only tournament teams the Huskies have played all season, so I'm not sure they'll be able to handle the atheltes ND has. I'll eat the chalk in this one.