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Miami vs. Notre Dame - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-2) at Miami Hurricanes (11-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm (BankUnited Center)

The Line: Miami Hurricanes -2.5 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

We have some college basketball ACC-tion on the schedule Thursday night, as the #20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish battle the Miami Hurricanes.

The #20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be looking to keep the ball rolling, after winning their last 5 games including their first 3 ACC conference matchups. The Irish defeated Clemson in their last outing by a final score of 75-70 behind a game-high 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting including 6 triples from V.J. Beachem. Matt Farrell finished 2nd with 15 points on 5 of 10 from the field to go along with 4 triples of his own and a game-high 7 assists. Steve Vasturia added 14 points, while leading scorer for Notre Dame this season, Bonzie Colson chipper in 13 points and 12 rebounds for yet another double-double. Colson leads the Irish by averaging a double-double per game this season, notching team-highs of 16.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest, while Farrell is Notre Dame’s leader in the assist column with 5.4 helpers per game. As a team, Notre Dame is scoring 82.3 points per game on 47.4% from the field, while boasting the 17th-best 3-point percentage in the country at 40.2% and the #1 rank from the foul line in D-I, shooting 84.1% from the charity stripe this season.

Miami vs. Notre Dame - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Hurricanes will be looking to bounce back after having their 7-game winning streak snapped by Syracuse last Wednesday, by a final score of 70-55. Dejan Vasiljevic was the only Hurricane to score in double-figures in the loss, posting a team-high 18 points, on 6 of 12 makes from behind the 3-point line. Bruce Brown added a team-high 7 rebounds, while Davon Reed and leading scorer for Miami this season, Ja’Quan Newton, went a combined 5 of 23 from the field for 14 points for the ‘Canes with Newton adding 7 assists to lead the way for Miami. Despite the off night for Newton, he still leads Miami with an average of 15.2 points and 4.1 assists per game, while Kamari Murphy is the Hurricanes’ leader in the rebounding department with an average of 7.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Miami is scoring 73.6 points per game on 46.7% from the floor, 36.4% from 3-point range and 70.3% from the foul line.

Notre Dame is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a win and 1-3-1 ATs in their last 5 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 conference matchups. Miami is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 17-7 in their last 24 conference matchups. Notre Dame is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I know that Notre Dame has struggled against the spread in this matchup, but Miami is struggling overall, and especially at home where they’ve covered just twice in 7 home games this season. I think we are getting points with the better team, so I will take them in a game I think the Irish win outright.

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