Notre Dame Fighting Irish (33-3) vs. UConn Huskies (36-0)
|Date & Time||Friday March 30, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: UConn Huskies -9.5 -- Over/Under: 159.5
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and UConn Huskies meet Friday in the women’s college basketball NCAA Tournament Final Four at the Nationwide Arena.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look for a big upset victory while reaching their sixth final appearance in school history. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 85.6 points on 50.4 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Arike Ogunbowale is averaging 20.7 points and 5.5 rebounds while Jessica Shepard is averaging 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. Marina Mabrey is the third double-digit scorer and Jackie Young is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won nine of their last 10 neutral site games.
The UConn Huskies hope to inch closer to an undefeated season while reaching their sixth final appearance since 2010. The UConn Huskies are averaging 89.4 points on 53.4 percent shooting and allowing 52.3 points on 33.2 percent shooting. Katie Lou Samuelson is averaging 17.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while Napheesa Collier is averaging 15.9 points and 7.5 rebounds. Azura Stevens is the third double-digit scorer and Kia Nurse is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The UConn Huskies are shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 26.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies are 11-0 on neutral site courts this season.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and UConn Huskies is one of the bigger rivalries in women's basketball, and it's quite known that Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma do not like one another. Both will make sure to have their girls ready, as neither wants to lose to the other on a personal level, forget the spot to play in the final. The problem is UConn has won seven straight games against Notre Dame and six of those wins have been decided by 10 or more points. When these teams met back in early December, UConn beat Notre Dame by nine points, the only meeting out of the last seven that wasn't double digits. The UConn Huskies have won 20 straight games by double digits, as their last single digit victory was a road game against Texas back in mid January.
We know Notre Dame is good and well coached, but we also know UConn is a machine this time of year and doesn't get single digit chalk very often. You have to take advantage of it here, especially based on the history between these two clubs.