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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Iowa Hawkeyes - 11/29/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa Hawkeyes (3-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Joyce Center)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Over at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be meeting up in college basketball action. 

Iowa enters play here with a 3-3 record on the season. The Hawkeyes won their first two games 91-74 against Kennesaw State and 116-84 against Savannah State, but then dropped one to Seton Hall 91-83. Iowa then came back with a 95-67 win over Texas-Pan American but fell to Virginia 74-41 and Memphis 100-92. 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Iowa Hawkeyes - 11/29/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Leading the way for Iowa this year is the dynamic Peter Jok, who is averaging 25-3 PPG with 4.8 RPG. Tyler Cook is the only other Hawkeyes player to average in double-figures so far, with 13.7 PPG and 5.3 RPG. Dom Uhl leads in rebounding with 5.7 RPG and 6.7 PPG. 

Over on the Notre Dame side, they’re coming into Tuesday with a clean 6-0 record so far. The Irish won their first three games 89-64 over Bryant, 92-49 over Seattle and 83-48 over Loyola Maryland. Notre Dame then kept it going with an 89-83 win over Colorado, a 70-66 victory over Northwestern and a 91-60 win over Chicago St. 

Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson and VJ Beachem are tops in scoring this year; Colson has 17.2 PPG with 9.7 RPG and Beachem has 17.0 PPG with 4.3 RPG. Steve Vasturia (15.3 PPG) and Matt Farrell (11.5 PPG; 5.3 APG) are also averaging in double figures through six games. 

Iowa is 1-5 ATS in the last six road games, and 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the Atlantic Coast. Iowa is also 1-8 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS loss, and 1-12 ATS in their last 13 games overall. 

As for Notre Dame, they’re 6-1 ATS in their last seven versus the Big 10, and 5-1 ATS in their last six home games. Notre Dame is also 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points. 

Even without close examination of the records, it’s clear that Notre Dame is the better team here. Jok has been about the only consistent bright spot for Iowa, but he can’t carry the team on his shoulders every game. I like Notre Dame to cover here, and it probably won’t be close.

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