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DePaul vs. Notre Dame - 11/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-0) at DePaul Blue Demons (0-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Wintrust Arena)

The Line: DePaul Blue Demons +9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

The ACC and the Big East conference go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon, as the #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the DePaul Blue Demons in college basketball action.

The #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to build on a solid 2016-17 campaign that saw the Irish finish the year 26-10, including a 12-6 mark in the ACC, defeating Virginia and Florida State in the conference tournament before falling to Duke in the finals. The Irish received an at-large bid to March Madness as a #5 seed, defeating Princeton before falling in the second round to West Virginia. The Irish will have to replace a pair of seniors that had a major impact on their team last season, as V.J. Beachem (14.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Steve Vasturia (13.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg) both graduated. On the plus side, the Irish get to bring back double-double machine and ACC preseason player of the year Bonzie Colson (17.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg) and Matt Farrell (14.1 ppg, 5.4 apg) for their respective senior seasons. The Irish will look to remain sharp on the offensive end, finishing in the top-100 with 77.3 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field and 38.4% from behind the arc, while also boasting the top free throw percentage in the country at 80% from the stripe last season. Defensively, the Irish held opposition to 69.3 points on 43.2% shooting from the field and 33.8% from 3-point range last season.

DePaul vs. Notre Dame - 11/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The DePaul Blue Demons will look to rebound this year after a horrendous 2016-17 season that saw the Blue Demons finish 9-23 with a 2-16 record in Big East play, finishing last and falling to Xavier in the first round of the conference tournament. DePaul brings back the majority of the firepower from last year’s squad, retaining the services of leading scorer Eli Cain (15.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and leading rebound man Tre’Darius McCallum (9.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg) but lost second leading scorer Billy Garrett following his graduation from the program. Coach David Leitao will look to improve on a DePaul offense that struggled mightily and finished in the bottom part of D-I with just 68.9 points per game on 43% shooting from the floor and 32.6% from 3-point range. Things didn’t get much better on defense, as the Blue Demons allowed 74.6 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field and 36.1% from behind the arc.

Notre Dame is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. DePaul is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Notre Dame is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at DePaul.

These two teams haven’t met since 2013 and Notre Dame’s days in the Big East, and the Blue Demons even alternated covers with the Irish back then. Back then. These teams are in two completely different stages right now, and even with the losses of Beachem and Vasturia, I think the talent gap is still far too wide for me to consider anything other than Notre Dame here, so I’ll lay the points even on the road.

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