Notre Dame vs. Kentucky - 3/28/15 Elite Eight Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (32-5) at Kentucky Wildcats (37-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -11 -- Over/Under: 136 See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Kentucky Wildcats play Saturday in the Elite Eight.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won eight straight and are coming off a win over Wichita State. On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 78.3 points on 51.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.7 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Jerian Grant is averaging 16.6 points and 6.7 assists while Zach Auguste is averaging 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. Demetrius Jackson is dishing three assists and Pat Connaughton is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 74.2 percent from the line and 39.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in four of its last six games.
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The Kentucky Wildcats remain undefeated and are coming off a win over West Virginia. On the season, Kentucky is averaging 74.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting and is allowing 53.5 points on 34.8 percent shooting. Aaron Harrison is averaging 11.1 points and 1.5 assists while Devin Booker is averaging 10.1 points and 1.2 assists. Karl-Anthony Towns is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Andrew Harrison is shooting 37.8 percent from the field. The Kentucky Wildcats have five players averaging at least 9.2 points, and they’re shooting 72.5 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from deep. Defensively, UK is allowing 26.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in four straight games.
The Fighting Irish are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Wildcats are 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 neutral site games and 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The one thing that you need to at least compete with Kentucky is great outside shooting. Well, Notre Dame is the Golden State Warriors of college basketball. The Irish can flat out stroke it, which will allow them to not force things inside and get blocked by the trees. Not saying the Irish win this game (I learned my lesson) but I really expect a much more compeitive game than what WVU gave.