Notre Dame vs. Northern Illinois - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois Huskies (4-4) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1)
College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Joyce Center)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies and Notre Dame Fighting Irish play Monday at the Purcell Pavilion.
The Northern Illinois Huskies have lost three of their last four games and play their fifth true road contest. On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 62.3 points on 39 percent shooting and is allowing 64.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Darrell Bowie is averaging 11.8 points and seven rebounds while Aaric Armstead is averaging 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds. Jordan Threloff is the third player averaging double-digit points and Anthony Johnson is shooting 36.6 percent from the field. The Northern Illinois Huskies rely on their defense that is producing nearly eight steals per game while holding teams to 34.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Illinois is shooting 71.9 percent from the free throw line and 29.9 percent from deep.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won seven straight and are looking like an ACC dark horse. On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 85.7 points on 55.3 percent shooting and is allowing 60.5 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Jerian Grant is averaging 18.2 points and 6.3 assists while Zach Auguste is averaging 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. Demetrius Jackson is shooting 57.1 percent from the field and Pat Connaughton is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are one of the best offensive teams in the country, with four double-digit scorers while they’re shooting 72.3 percent from the line and 41.3 percent from deep on the season. Defensively, Notre Dame is forcing 12.2 turnovers per game and is allowing 32.2 percent shooting from downtown.
The Huskies are 23-10 ATS in their last 33 road games and 13-4-2 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 8-20-2 ATS in their last 30 home games and 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall.
While Notre Dame appears to be the real deal, especially on the offensive side of the ball, the Irish are brutal against the number and have been dating back to last season. Northern Illinois and the points have to be the pick here.