Northwestern vs. Notre Dame - 11/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) at Northwestern Wildcats (3-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +3.5 -- Over/Under: 143 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Northwestern Wildcats will face off at the Barclays Center this Tuesday night in the Legends Classic.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish improved to 4-0 on the season after defeated the Colorado Buffaloes, 89-83, last night. Notre Dame held a 50-35 lead at halftime and held off a late Colorado charge to stay undefeated on the season. Notre Dame shot an impressive 27 of 29 from the FT line and committed just 8 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Notre Dame was Bonzie Colson who had a double-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, the Fighting Irish are averaging 88.0 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Notre Dame has been outstanding from the FT-Line as the Fighting Irish are shooting 86.6%. Offensively, Notre Dame has been led by Bonzie Colson (20.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.8 bpg), V.J. Beachem (19.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, 1.3 bpg), Steve Vasturia (13.8 ppg, 3.3 apg), and Matt Farrell (11.3 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.3 spg). Defensively, Notre Dame is holding their opponents to an average of 61.0 ppg.
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The Northwestern Wildcats improved to 3-1 on the season after they defeated the Texas Longhorns, 77-58, last night. Northwestern was outstanding on the defensive end held a double-digit lead for the majority of the 2nd half in the victory. The Wildcats held the Longhorns to 37.3% shooting from the field and 33.3% (7-21) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Northwestern was Bryant McIntosh who had 20 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Offensively, Northwestern is averaging 81.0 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field and 42.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northwestern has been led by Vic Law (17.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 spg), Bryant McIntosh (15.3 ppg, 5.3 apg), Scottie Lindsey (13.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.0 apg), and Dererk Pardon (8.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg). Defensively, Northwestern is holding their opponents to an average of 65.8 ppg.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Big 10 opponents however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Notre Dame looked outstanding offensively against Colorado and look like a team that will crack the top-25 at some point this season as they have solid experience, shoot the ball well, and don’t turn the ball over. Northwestern did a great job against the Longhorns pressure defense and has been outstanding shooting the ball early in the season. Northwestern is playing great to start the season however, Notre Dame is the better team in this one and as this line can easily be covered with some late game FT's, I'm taking Notre Dame to cover this small spread.