Bellarmine Knights vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 12/23/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Bellarmine Knights vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Location: Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Bellarmine (+15.5)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-4) host the Bellarmine Knights (1-2) at Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday. The spread on this contest has Notre Dame as 15.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 144.5.
Bellarmine comes into this one with a win-loss record of 1-2 this season. The Knights are connecting on 39.0% on 3-point shots (16 of 41) and 68.0% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 68.7 points per contest (250th in Division 1) while hitting 47.6% from the field. They are turning it over 14.0 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 14.7 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Bellarmine is pulling in 32.0 rebounds per contest and has tallied 49 dimes this season, which is 293rd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Knights have forced 15.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.0 fouls. The Knights defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 46.3% (74 of 160) and they relinquish 31.3 boards per game as a team. They are ranked 80th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 58 surrendered for the season. They are conceding 44.1% on three-point shots and they are ranked 218th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (72.0).
The Bellarmine Knights took the court against the Chattanooga Mocs and ended up losing by a score of 77-68 in their last game. Bellarmine walked away from the game with a 46.4% FG percentage (26 of 56) and converted 3 out of their 11 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Knights buried 13 of 15 shots for a rate of 86.7%. When talking about rebounding, they compiled 22 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 16 assists for the contest while earning 6 steals and 2 rejections. Concerning defense, Bellarmine allowed their opponent to shoot 46.4% from the floor on 26 out of 56. Chattanooga totaled 19 dimes and 6 steals for the game. Additionally, the Mocs snagged 30 boards (4 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Chattanooga finished the contest at 90.9% from the free throw line by making 10 of 11 attempts. They knocked down 17 of 36 tries from 3-point land.
Dylan Penn is someone who had an impact in this game. He accumulated 19 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He was on the court for 38 minutes and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Penn finished the game shooting 44.4% from the floor and dished out 6 dimes. Someone else that was a factor in the game for the Knights was Pedro Bradshaw. He pulled down 6 rebounds and also had 3 dimes. He went 71.4% from the floor for the contest via 10-of-14 (22 points). Overall, Bradshaw played for 35 minutes.
Notre Dame has a mark of 2-4 so far this year. The Fighting Irish commit 13.2 fouls per game and they hit 81.7% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 14.8 times per game (107th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 11.3 times per contest. Notre Dame has 440 points so far this year (73.3 per contest) and they grab 33.3 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Fighting Irish are connecting on 43.6% from the floor, which is 222nd in the nation. The Fighting Irish on defense are ranked 291st in the country in points given up per game with 77.7. The Notre Dame defense gives up 38.1% on shots from 3-point land (53 of 139) and their opposition makes 80.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 15.5 assists and 37.0 boards per game, which ranks them 279th and 233rd in the country. They are able to force 8.7 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.1% from the field (256th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took a defeat with a final score of 88-78 against the Purdue Boilermakers. The Fighting Irish recorded 20 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 28 in this contest. They rejected 4 tries while getting 2 steals in this matchup. The Boilermakers committed 18 fouls in the game which got the Fighting Irish to the charity stripe for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to make 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 82.4%. In the matter of shots from beyond the arc, Notre Dame knocked down 16 out of 41 attempts (39.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Fighting Irish shot 24 out of 61 from the field which gave them a percentage of 39.3%. The Fighting Irish permitted the Boilermakers to bury 32 out of their 65 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 49.2% for this contest. They finished 50.0% from three-point range by going 14 of 28 and ended up going 10 out of 15 at the free throw line (66.7%). Regarding how they attacked the glass, Notre Dame permitted Purdue to snag 37 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Nate Laszewski played big minutes for the Fighting Irish for the contest. He buried 4 of 7 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 57.1%, which had him sitting at 13 points. Laszewski snagged 5 boards in his 30 mins played and had 2 assists in this contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Notre Dame was Cormac Ryan. He was able to score 14 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 out of 13 shooting for this game. Ryan ended up shooting 38.5% from the floor as well as contributing 4 dimes and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Bellarmine (+15.5)
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