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Notre Dame vs. Stephen F. Austin - 3/20/16 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (28-5) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (22-11)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -1.5 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks face off on Sunday in a NCAA Tournament second round college basketball match up with the winner going to the Sweet Sixteen.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 22-11 this season and they advanced to this game with a come from behind win over Michigan. Notre Dame is averaging 75.5 points per game and they are shooting 47.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.4 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Demetrius Jackson leads the Fighting Irish averaging 15.4 points per game. Zach Auguste is averaging 14.2 points and 10.8 rebounds, Steve Vasturia is averaging 11.7 points, and V.J. Beachem is averaging 11.5 points. Notre Dame is 3-4 in neutral site games and 10-3 in games outside of the ACC.

Notre Dame vs. Stephen F. Austin - 3/20/16 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks are 28-5 this season and the advanced to this game after upsetting West Virginia with a dominating performance. SFA is averaging 79.2 points per game and they are shooting 48.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64 points and their opponents are shooting 44 percent. Thomas Walkup leads the Lumberjacks averaging 18 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Demetrious Floyd is averaging 13.7 points, Clide Geffrard Jr. is averaging 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Stephen F. Austin is 5-1 in neutral site games and 10-3 games outside of the Southland Conference.

Notre Dame is 3-8 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games, and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Stephen F. Austin is 4-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games.

Stephen F. Austin’s win clearly wasn’t a fluke and they play a style that should give Notre Dame fits and I look for the Lumberjacks to advance. 

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Stephen F. Austin +1.5

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