Notre Dame at Pittsburgh - 12/28/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Notre Dame at Pittsburgh - 12/28/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh (5-7) vs Notre Dame (6-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Panthers +4 -- Over/Under: 129 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will arrive at the Peterson Events Center on the heels of a two game winning streak. The University of Pittsburgh Panthers have won three of the team’s last four games played.    

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 70.27 points a game on 44.39 percent shooting. On the defensive side of the basketball, the Fighting Irish are allowing 65.27 points a contest on 43.73 percent shooting. Notre Dame forward Paul Atkinson Jr. is averaging 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 steal a game. Fighting Irish guard Dane Goodwin is averaging 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds a contest. Notre Dame guard Blake Wesley is averaging 13.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 34.75 percent from behind the three-point line and shooting 76.10 percent from the charity stripe. Through 11 games played this season, the Fighting Irish are allowing opposing teams to hit 37.44 percent of three-point shots attempted.

The University of Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 60.67 points a game on 40.59 percent shooting. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 63.67 points a contest on 41 percent shooting. Through 12 games played this season, Pittsburgh forward John Hugley is averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists a game. Panthers guard Femi Odukale is averaging 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 29.35 percent from behind the arc and 65.70 percent from the free-throw line. The Panthers are allowing opposing teams to make 33.62 percent of three-point shots attempted. Additionally, Pittsburgh’s opponents are shooting 66.27 from the free-throw line.  

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games played. Notre Dame is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Pittsburgh. The game total has gone under in 4 of Notre Dame's last 5 games played. The Pittsburgh Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games. Pittsburgh is 6-14 SU in their last 20 games. The game total has gone under in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games against Notre Dame.

Full transparency, neither of these teams really pops off the page for me as a favorite in this basketball game. Having stated that, there is a clear bet to make in this matchup. That bet is the under of the game total of 129. The reason I like the under in this contest is crystal clear, both of these teams are two of the slowest teams in all of college basketball. In summary, I fully expect both of these basketball teams to continue to play at a snail's pace on Tuesday night. I am backing under 129 total points in this contest.

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