Pitt at Notre Dame: 3/5/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Pitt at Notre Dame: 3/5/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (21-9) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (11-19)

Game Info: Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 2:30 pm (Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center)

Betting Odds: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -12 -- Over/Under: 130.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pitt Panthers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the Joyce Center. When these two teams faced off on December 28th it was Notre Dame that won 68-67. 

Paul Atkinson led the way for Notre Dame in that game scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds. John Hugley was the top player for Notre Dame scoring 18 points. 

The Pitt Panthers come into this game with an 11-19 record overall and they have gone 15-15 against the spread. Pitt has been inconsistent this season and they have lost three games in a row. In the last game against Duke, it was an ugly game as the offense could only manage 56 points. The offense has been a big issue this year, but as of late it’s been the defense that has really let them down. Pitt is averaging 62.3 points while their defense is giving up 67.8 points per game. John Hugley has been the best player for Pitt averaging 14.8 points while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who sit with a 21-9 record and they have gone 16-14 against the spread. Notre Dame has lost two of their last three games, and the loss came in their last game. Notre Dame is averaging 72.1 points while their defense is giving up 66.6 points per game. Blake Wesley has been the top player for Notre Dame this season averaging 14.9 points while shooting 75 percent from the field. 

Pitt is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following a straight up loss. The over is 6-0 in Notre Dame’s last six games overall. The over is 7-1 in Notre Dame’s last eight games played on Saturday. 

The trends point towards the over and there will be no shortage of scoring in this game. Look for Pitt’s defense to be an issue again, and that will lead to this game going over the total. Back the over to cash. 

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