Indiana Hoosiers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/14/13
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-3) at Indiana Hoosiers (8-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Hoosiers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Saturday in college basketball action.
The Indiana Hoosiers are in a rebuilding year after losing the core of the team they had for several seasons. IU has taken two losses so far this season but both were to teams ranked in the top 25, UConn and Syracuse. Kevin Yogi Ferrell is leading the Hoosiers averaging 16.4 points per game. Noah Vonieh is averaging 12.8 points and 10 rebounds, Jeremy Hollowell is averaging 9.3 points and 4.4 rebounds, Troy Williams is averaging 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, and Will Sheehey is averaging 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds. Indiana is averaging 82.7 points and they are shooting 46 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.7 points and their opponents are shooting 36.2 percent. Indiana lost last year in this event to Butler.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 7-3 on the season but they are coming off of a tough loss at home to North Dakota State. ND has played the 293rd ranked schedule in the nation and they are 0-1 away from home so far this year. Jerian Grant is averaging 18.7 points and 6.1 asssits per game. Garrick Sherman is averaging 14.4 points and 7.5 rebounds, Pat Connaughton is averaging 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds, and Eric Atkins is averaging 12.4 points and 4.8 assists. Notre Dame is averaging 81.4 point per game and they are shooting 47.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.5 points and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Notre Dame has Ohio State next up on the schedule.
Indiana is 5-1 against the spread following a win, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games, and 2-5 against the spread against the ACC. Notre Dame is 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 games, 1-5-1 against the spread against a team wit a winning record, and 5-2-1 against the spread following a loss. The underdog has covered the spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Notre Dame simply has played at a level that makes me believe they are capable of staying in this one for the entire game and Indiana while they have lost have only lost to top tier teams and they don’t face one of those here.