Notre Dame at Miami (FL)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 6, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Coral Gables, FL
Miami Hurricanes -3 -- Over/Under: 141.5
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to the Watsco Center to take on the Miami Hurricanes this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish snapped a 5-game losing streak and improved to 12-10 (2-7 ACC) on the season after defeating the Boston College Eagles, 79-73, this past Saturday. Notre Dame was solid on the offensive end on the road and pulled away later after an 8-0 Fighting Irish run gave Notre Dame a 77-68 lead with just :30 seconds left in regulation. Notre Dame shot 52.9% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Irish was Nikola Djogo who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 72.8 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Fighting Irish are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Notre Dame has been led by John Mooney (14.5 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 bpg), TJ Gibbs (13.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.0 spg), D.J. Harvey (10.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg), and Rex Pflueger (8.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing their opponents to average 70.2 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Fighting Irish have a rebound margin of -0.7 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Miami Hurricanes lost their 5th consecutive game and dropped to 9-12 (1-8 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the 3rd ranked Virginia Cavaliers, 56-46, this past Saturday. Miami had a hard time getting their offense going against the tough Virginia defense and couldn’t fight back after the Cavaliers took a 45-34 lead midway through the 2nd half. Miami shot just 34.0% from the field & 19.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hurriances was Chris Lykes who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Miami is averaging 73.1 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Hurricanes are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami has been led by Chris Lykes (16.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Zach Johnson (13.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Anthony Lawrence II (11.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg), and Ebuka Izundu (11.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4 bpg).
Defensively, Miami is allowing their opponents to average 71.2 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Hurricanes have a rebound margin of -3.1 and a turnover margin of 1.7.
The Fighting Irish are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games, however, are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hurricanes are 15-36 ATS in their last 51 home games and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games.
Notre Dame has lost 7 of their last 9 games and has struggled on the offensive end this season as the Fighting Irish come into this game ranked just 191st in scoring offense, 320th in FG%, and 224th in 3P-FG%.
Miami has lost 8 of their last 9 games and currently rank just 182nd in scoring offense, 177th in scoring defense, and 261st in defensive FG%.
Both Notre Dame & Miami have struggled in ACC play, however, I’m having a hard time finding a reason to back the Fighting Irish as their offense has really struggled this season and they come just 1-4 on the road this season. Miami looked decent on the defensive end against Virginia this past weekend and as I think their defense will be able to limit the Fighting Irish in this one, I’m taking Miami to cover this small home spread.