Duke vs. Notre Dame - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-9) at Duke Blue Devils (21-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -12 -- Over/Under: 151.5
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the 7th ranked Duke Blue Devils this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-9 (6-7 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Virginia Cavaliers, 50-49 in OT, this past Tuesday. Notre Dame allowed Virginia to force OT after the Cavaliers Mamadi Diakite made a game-tying jumper with :27 seconds left in regulation and the Fighting Irish couldn’t pull of the victory after their offense was held scoreless for the final 3:31 of regulation. Notre Dame shot just 32.8% from the field and 23.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Fighting Irish was John Mooney who had a double-double with 11 points, 14 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 75.1 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Fighting Irish are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Notre Dame has been led by John Mooney (16.3 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg), TJ Gibbs (13.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Prentiss Hubb (11.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.6 apg).
Defensively, Notre Dame is averaging 67.6 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Fighting Irish have a rebound margin of -0.2 and a turnover margin of 2.4.
The 7th ranked Duke Blue Devils won their 6th straight game and improved to 21-3 (11-2 ACC) on the season after defeating the 8th ranked Florida State Seminoles, 70-65, this past Monday. Duke was outstanding defensively agianst he Seminoles and despite committing 21 turnovers, the Blue Devils were able to hang for the victory after taking a 66-61 lead with :52 seconds left in regulation. Notre Dame shot 45.1% from the field while holding Florida State to just 37.9% shooting from the field and 16.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Blue Devils was Vernon Carey Jr. who had a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.
On the season, Duke is averaging 82.6 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Blue Devils are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Duke has been led by Vernon Carey Jr. (17.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 bpg), Tre Jones (15.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.6 apg, 1.9 spg), and Cassius Stanley (12.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 apg).
Defensively, Duke is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Devils have a rebound margin of 6.0 and a turnover margin of 2.4.
The Fighting Irish are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games, however, are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games against Notre Dame.
Notre Dame comes into this game ranked 82nd in scoring offense, 131st in scoring defense, and 77th in defensive FG%.
Duke has been impressive on both ends of the court this season and come into this match-up ranked 3rd in scoring offense, 16th in FG%, and 85th in scoring defense.
Duke looked impressive in their recent victory against Florida State, however, the Blue Devils haven’t been great against the spread recently, going just 3-7 in their last 10 games. Notre Dame 3-2 on the road this season in conference play which included a competitive 85-84 loss at Florida State and as the Fighting Irish have the offensive weapons to keep up with the Blue Devils, I just think this is too many points to pass up on. Take Notre Dame and the points. Good Luck!