Western Carolina vs Notre Dame Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/11/23

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0) vs Western Carolina Catamounts (1-0)

Game Info: Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 2:00 pm (Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center)

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The Western Carolina Catamounts will play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana. Western Carolina defeated a non-Division 1 team in their first game, while Notre Dame barely got by Niagara in their opener. 

Western Carolina Preview

The Western Carolina Catamounts are 1-0 this season after they defeated Dalton State by a score of 106-65 in their first game. Western Carolina scored 51 points in the first half and 55 points in the second half for the easy win. The Catamounts shot 57.8% from the field, 45.8% on three pointers, and 72.4% on free throws. Western Carolina out rebounded their opponent by a total of 47-28, had 14 assists, and committed 13 turnovers in the win. Vonterius Woolbright led the Catamounts with 19 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, while DJ Campbell added 18 points and six rebounds in the game. WCU allowed 65 points on 35.8% field goal shooting and forced 15 turnovers in the win.

Notre Dame Preview

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 1-0 this year after they defeated Niagara by a score of 70-63 in their last game. Notre Dame trailed 30-29 at the half, but they scored 41 points in the second half for the win. The Fighting Irish shot 50.9% from the field, 17.6% on three pointers, and 81.3% on free throws in the game. Notre Dame recorded 35 rebounds, nine assists, and committed seven turnovers. Markus Burton led Notre Dame with 29 points and four assists, while Carey Booth added 10 points and nine rebounds in the game. Notre Dame gave up 63 points on 42.4% shooting from the field in the win. 

Pick

Notre Dame had plenty of issues with Niagara in their season opener, but they were able to escape with a win. Western Carolina had a very easy game to start the season, but they will have a big step up in competition here. I think that first game was good for Notre Dame, as it opened their eyes to some of the issues they have. I don’t think Notre Dame is going to be very good this season, but they are better than what they showed in the first game. We didn’t learn much from WCU in their opener against Dalton State, but I think Notre Dame gets back on track with a comfortable win here. Take the Fighting Irish. 

David’s Pick Notre Dame -4.5

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