Notre Dame vs. Bryant - 11/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Bryant Bulldogs (8-23) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (24-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Joyce Center)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ACC Network Extra (ESPN)
The Bryant Bulldogs will travel to Purcell Pavilion to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Bryant Bulldogs had a rough 2015-16 season as Coach Tim O’Shea’s finished the season with just an 8-23 record while finishing in 9th place in the Northeast Conference. The good news for Bryant is that they do return their top four scorers from last year’s team in Nisre Zouzoua (12.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Hunter Ware (12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Marcel Pettway (11.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Dan Garvin (10.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg). The Bulldogs lost only one starter in Shane McLaughlin (7.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg). Bryant will hope that Gus Riely (3.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg) will continue to show progress as he did towards the end of last season. The Bulldogs should have a balanced offense this season with Nisre Zouzoua doing his damage from the outside while Marcel Pettway and Dan Garvin providing scoring & rebounding in the frontcourt.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish come into this season with high expectations after Coach Mike Brey’s squad reached the Elite 8 for the 2nd consecutive season. Notre Dame did lose two big parts of those successful teams in Demetrius Jackson (15.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.7 apg) and Zach Auguste (14.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg) however, do return three starters in V.J. Beachem (12.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Steve Vasturia (11.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg), and Bonzie Colson (11.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg). Coach Brey will hope that Matt Farrell and/or Temple Gibbs will be able to replace Demetrius Jackson at the point-guard position and that Elijah Burns, who missed last season due to injury, can help replace Zach Auguste. Notre Dame was one of the better shooting teams in the country last season ranking 31st in shooting percentage and 46th in 3-point percentage, and with Beachem and Vasturia leading the way, Notre Dame should be one of the better ACC teams this season and have another above average shot to make a run in the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Fighting Irish are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.