Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Duke Blue Devils - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duke Blue Devils (17-2) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Joyce Center)
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TV: ESPN 2
The Duke Blue Devils will travel to Purcell Pavilion to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 4th ranked Duke Blue Devils won their 3rd straight game and improved to 17-2 (4-2 ACC) on the season after defeating the St. John’s Red Storm 77-68 this past Sunday. Duke shot 48.1% from the field and outrebounded St. John’s by a 44-29 margin. Leading the way for the Blue Devils was Tyus Jones who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. Duke is ranked 7th in the RPI Standings and has played the 17th ranked SOS. On the season, the Blue Devils have been led by Jahlil Okafor (18.5 ppg on 67.1% shooting, 9.0 rpg) and Quinn Cook (14.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg). Offensively, Duke is averaging 81.6 ppg (ranked 11th) on 49.9% shooting (Ranked 6th). The Blue Devils are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 62nd) and 15.7 apg (ranked 27th). Defensively, Duke is allowing 63.9 ppg (ranked 127th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 162nd). The Blue Devils are averaging 38.05 total rpg (ranked 43rd) and have a turnover margin of 1.5 (ranked 81st).
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The 8th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish won their 4th straight game and improved to 19-2 (7-1 ACC) on the season after defeating the NC State Wolfpack 81-78 in overtime this past Sunday. Notre Dame outrebounded NC State by a 43-34 margin and came back from a 12 point half deficit in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Irish was Jerian Grant who had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Notre Dame is ranked 35th in the RPI Standings and has played the 181st ranked SOS. On the season, the Fighting Irish have been led by Jerian Grant (17.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.5 spg) and Pat Connaughton (13.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.6 apg). Offensively, Notre Dame is averaging 81.9 ppg (ranked 9th) on 52.1% shooting (ranked 2nd). The Fighting Irish are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 19th) and have a 1.72 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 1st). Defensively, Notre Dame is holding their opponents to an average of 63.2 ppg (ranked 105th) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 92nd). The Fighting Irish averages just 13.7 personal fouls per game (ranked 3rd) and have a rebound margin of 3.3 (ranked 87th).
The Blue Devils are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Fighting Irish are 9-21-1 ATS in their last 31 vs. the ACC and just 6-18-2 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Duke is coming off an emotional win over St. John’s as they were able to get Coach K’s 1000th win. Notre Dame had an impressive comeback at NC State and is one of the best shooting teams in the country. As with most teams this season, Notre Dame will have trouble containing Jahlil Okafor, however, I think that their great shooting will expose Duke’s defensive and that Notre Dame gets a signature win on their home court. Take Notre Dame to win this one.