Notre Dame vs. Ball State - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ball State Cardinals (4-4) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Joyce Center)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -19 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ball State Cardinals and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Purcell Pavilion.
The Ball State Cardinals look for a fourth straight victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Ball State Cardinals are averaging 80.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 81.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Tayler Persons is averaging 15.3 points and 4.5 assists while Kyle Mallers is averaging 12 points and 4.9 rebounds. Tahjai Teague is the third double-digit scorer and Jontrell Walker is dishing 2.4 assists. The Ball State Cardinals are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Ball State Cardinals are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Ball State Cardinals have lost six of their last eight road games.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look for another victory to build on their impressive 7-1 record. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 80.1 points on 50.3 percent shooting and allowing 61.9 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Bonzie Colson is averaging 19.6 points and 9.9 rebounds while Matt Farrell is averaging 16.4 points and 4.7 assists. Temple Gibbs is the third double-digit scorer and Martinas Geben is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 41.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won seven straight home games.
The Cardinals are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. Mid-American and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The under is 9-3-1 in Fighting Irish last 13 overall and the over is 3-1-2 in Cardinals last 6 overall.
Ball State has played some tough road games already, which includes nearly beating Dayton in its season opener, but the Cardinals overall continue to struggle on the defensive side. You can say what you want about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but they're a team that can bury you quickly when those outside shots are falling, something that hasn't happened with consistency, but is never too far away. At home and with a date with Indiana next week, the Fighting Irish are looking to get into great form. I'll side with Notre Dame in a blowout.