Notre Dame vs. Miami - 3/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Hurricanes (23-5) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Joyce Center)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -2.5 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The 7th ranked Miami Hurricanes will travel to Purcell Pavilion to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this Wednesday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 7th ranked Miami Hurricanes won their 2nd straight game and improved to 23-5 (12-4 ACC) on the season after defeating the 11th ranked Louisville Cardinals, 73-65, this past Saturday. Miami was down early midway through the 2nd half but used a 19-6 run to gain a late eight-point lead and get the win. Miami was outstanding on the offensive end as they shot 53.55 from the field and 72.7% (8-11) from beyond the arc. The Hurricanes held the Cardinals to 46.4% shooting from the field and 31.8% (7-22) from three-point range. Leading the way for Miami was Angel Rodriguez who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. On the season, the Hurricanes have been led by Sheldon McClellan (15.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Angel Rodriguez (11.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.5 spg), and Davon Reed (11.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, Miami is averaging 76.2 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field and 37.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Hurricanes average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23. Defensively, Miami is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 42.4% shooting. The Hurricanes have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish dropped to 19-9 (10-6 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Florida State Seminoles, 77-56, this past Saturday. Notre Dame struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t do much to fight back from a 46-30 halftime deficit in the loss. Notre Dame shot just 35.7% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 11-7 margin. The Fighting Irish allowed the Seminoles to shoot 46.8% from the field and 45.8% (11-24) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Notre Dame was Zack Auguste who had a double-double with 12 points, 17 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Fighting Irish have been led by Demetrius Jackson (16.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Zach Auguste (14.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Steve Vasturia (12.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.2 apg). Offensively, Notre Dame is averaging 76.9 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field and 37.45 shooting from beyond the arc. The Fighting Irish average 7.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.46. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Fighting Irish have a rebound margin of 3.5 and average 4.0 blocks per game.
The Hurricanes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a straight up win. The Fighting Irish are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Miami continues their solid overall play as outside of the 25-point loss at UNC, the Hurricane have won 7 of their last 8 games and still remain in the hunt to claim the regular season ACC title. Norte Dame couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end against Florida State but has won 4 of their last 6 games and have an impressive 13-1 record at home this season. Notre Dame is averaging over 80.0 ppg this season on their home court and as Miami is just 2-2 on the road in their last 4 games, including a 16 points loss to NC State, I think the Fighting Irish will rebound from their loss at Florida State to get the win in this one and cover the spread. Take Notre Dame to cover.