Wichita State vs. Notre Dame - 3/26/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wichita State Shockers (30-4) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (31-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +1.5 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds
The Wichita State Shockers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish play Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Wichita State Shockers have lost once since February and are coming off a win over Kansas. On the season, Wichita State is averaging 69.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 56.7 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Ron Baker is averaging 14.9 points and 4.4 rebounds while Fred VanVleet is averaging 13.2 points and 5.3 assists. Darius Carter is the third double-digit scorer and Tekele Cotton is grabbing four rebounds. The Wichita State Shockers have four players averaging at least 9.9 points, and they’re shooting 69.8 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Wichita State is allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in 11 of its last 12 games.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won seven straight and are coming off a win over Butler. On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 78.2 points on 50.9 percent shooting and is allowing 65.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Jerian Grant is averaging 16.8 points and 6.6 assists while Zach Auguste is averaging 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds. Pat Connaughton is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Demetrius Jackson is dishing three assists. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 74 percent from the line and 38.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in six of its last eight games.
The Shockers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 NCAA Tournament games and 47-21-2 ATS in their last 70 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games and 21-6 ATS in their last 27 Thursday games.
I had Notre Dame in my Final Four, and wit hthe way they continue to shoot the ball, it's hard to bet against the Irish. Sure, the Shockers have more experience being in the tournament, but Notre Dame's offense has been nearly unstoppable. I can't go against the Irish.