Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-3) at Purdue Boilermakers (5-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -6 -- Over/Under: 140 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet in college basketball action from Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
The Purdue Boilermakers will look to add to their current 5-2 record after picking up back-to-back wins with a 67-60 win over Ohio State last time out. Trevion Williams led the Boilers with 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting with team-highs of 9 rebounds and 8 assists while Eric Hunter Jr. added 15 points with a pair of steals. Sasha Stefanovic and Brandon Newman each had 10 points to cap off Purdue’s scoring in double figures in the victory with Newman adding 7 rebounds while shooting 4 of 6 with a pair of threes and Stefanovic drilled a pair of threes with 3 assists as well in the win. Williams leads the Boilermakers by averaging a double-double per game with team-high averages of 13.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while stefanovic leads the Boilermakers in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Purdue is averaging 72.7 points on 47.3% shooting from the field, 36.8% from 3-point range and 71.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 63.1 points on 41.3% shooting from the field and 27.1% from 3-point range this season.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to bounce back after a 75-65 loss to Duke last time out. Dane Goodwin led the Irish with 25 points on 10 of 12 shooting with 4 threes while Prentiss Hubb added 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes as the only other double-digit scorer for the Irish in the losing effort. Nate Laszewski added 7 points with a team-high 8 rebounds while Cormac Ryan had 6 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Hubb leads Notre Dame in scoring with an average of 19.4 points as well as a team-high 4 assists per game while Laszewski leads the Irish in rebounding with 9.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Notre Dame is averaging 72.4 points on 44.6% shooting from the field, 41.8% from behind the arc and 81.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75.6 points on 44.3% shooting from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range this season.
Purdue is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 36-14-1 in their last 51 neutral site games. Notre Dame is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game as it is a bit of a rivalry game, but with that said, As much as I like how battle-tested Notre Dame is with games against Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State and Kentucky just to name a few, but I worry that murderers’ row is going to take its toll on the Irish going forward and it could start here against a really good Purdue team. I’ll lay the points with Purdue in what’s a lean at best right now.