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Notre Dame vs. UConn - 4/5/19 NCAAW Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UConn vs. Notre Dame
Date & Time Friday April 5, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay, Florida
The Line
The Line: Notre Dame -2.5 -- Over/Under: 159.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The UConn Huskies and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Friday in the Final Four of the college basketball NCAAW Tournament at the Amalie Arena.

The UConn Huskies are fresh off beating a No. 1 seed in the Louisville Cardinals and are riding a 17-game winning streak. The UConn Huskies are averaging 82.9 points on 49.3 percent shooting and allowing 55.9 points on 34 percent shooting. Napheesa Collier is averaging 21 points and 10.8 rebounds while Katie Lou Samuelson is averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Crystal Dangerfield is the third double-digit scorer and Megan Walker is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The UConn Huskies are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have won 10 straight non-home games.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish just smoked the Stanford Cardinal and are riding a 13-game winning streak. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 89.1 points on 51.8 percent shooting and allowing 64.1 points on 37 percent shooting. Arike Ogunbowale is averaging 21.5 points and 4.8 rebounds while Jessica Shepard is averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Jackie Young is the third double-digit scorer and Brianna Turner is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 28.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won their last eight non-home games.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are probably the better team this season and have one of the best backcourts in the country who not only hit clutch shots but can really takeover a game and be the driving force to a victory. With that said, we're getting free points with the UConn Huskies, something that almost never happens. We've been told all season long that this UConn team isn't as good as past years and yet its in its 12th straight Final Four. In fact, that probably takes some pressure off of these Huskies and allows them to play a little bit loose for a change. This is also a rivalry game between two coaches who don't exactly care for one another, so free points is usually key in spots like this. Bottom line is we're getting a free bucket with the best program and best coach in the country. I can't pass it up.

Pick:
UConn +2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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