Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 12/12/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Notre Dame (+8)
Rupp Arena is the venue where and the Kentucky Wildcats (1-3) will play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-2) on Saturday. Kentucky opens this matchup as 8-point favorites. The O/U is set at 144.
Notre Dame will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 1-2 for the season. The Fighting Irish are connecting on 44.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (30 of 68) and 77.4% from the charity stripe. They average 77.7 points per contest (119th in Division 1) while going 44.0% from the field. They are turning it over 10.3 times per contest and as a team they are committing 14.0 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Notre Dame is collecting 37.3 rebounds per game and has earned 47 assists on the year, which is 207th in D-1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Fighting Irish are forcing 9.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.3 fouls. They are relinquishing 35.6% on three-point shots and they are 266th in D-1 in points per game allowed (80.0). The Fighting Irish are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.4% (86 of 203) and they surrender 39.7 boards per game as a squad. They rank 164th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 51 conceded for the year.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish took the court against the Ohio State Buckeyes and took a loss by a score of 90-85 in their last contest. Notre Dame finished having earned a 50.8% FG percentage (30 of 59) and knocked down 11 out of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Fighting Irish buried 14 of their 18 tries for a percentage of 77.8%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they earned 33 with 14 of them being offensive. They also distributed 15 assists in this matchup as well as getting 6 steals and 2 rejections. In the matter of the defense, Notre Dame allowed 50.8% from the field on 30 of 59. Ohio State doled out 12 assists and 8 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Buckeyes pulled down 29 boards (11 offensive, 18 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Ohio State finished the game at 87.5% from the free throw line by making 21 of 24 tries. They also converted 11 out of their 23 shots from three-point range.
Prentiss Hubb is a player who saw a lot of minutes for this contest. He accounted for 26 points on 8 of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 37 mins and also totaled 6 boards. Hubb went 47.1% from the floor and recorded 6 assists. Someone else that saw the court a lot in the game for the Fighting Irish was Nate Laszewski. He collected 9 boards and also totaled 2 dimes. He finished 71.4% from the field in this game by shooting 5-of-7 (17 points). In all, Laszewski was on the court for 39 min.
Kentucky has a win-loss mark of 1-3 for the season. Kentucky has accounted for 269 pts on the campaign (67.3 per contest) and they grab 40.5 boards per game. The Wildcats have committed 18.0 fouls every game and they hit 69.2% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Wildcats are connecting on 43.0% from the field, which is ranked 241st in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 11.8 times per game (250th in D-1) and they are turning it over 18.3 times per game. The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 111th in Division 1 in points given up per game with 66.3. They concede 12.8 dimes and 31.5 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 156th and 57th in the country. The Kentucky defense concedes 26.1% on 3-point shots (23 of 88) and their opponents are converting on 67.6% of their foul shots. They are forcing 11.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 39.8% from the field (99th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Kentucky Wildcats took a loss by a score of 79-62 when they faced the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Wildcats corralled 22 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 28 in the game. They also blocked 2 tries while getting 4 steals in this game. The Yellow Jackets were called for 14 fouls in the game which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 11 tries. They were able to make 10 of the free throws for a rate of 90.9%. When talking about shots from beyond the perimeter, Kentucky converted 8 of their 19 attempts (42.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats finished 22 for 49 from the floor which had them shooting 44.9%. The Wildcats allowed the Yellow Jackets to knock down 31 of 60 tries from the floor which had them shooting 51.7% for the game. They shot 38.1% from beyond the arc by going 8 of 21 and finished the contest at 9 out of 11 from the charity stripe (81.8%). Concerning rebounding, Kentucky permitted Georgia Tech to pull down 19 in total (4 on the offensive glass).
Terrence Clarke ended up being a major contributor for the Wildcats in the game. He knocked down 9 out of 14 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 64.3%, which had him finishing with 22 points. Clarke totaled 3 rebounds in his 38 minutes and accumulated 3 dimes for the contest. An additional guy that ended up coming through for Kentucky was Isaiah Jackson. He totaled 9 points in 32 minutes played by way of 4 out of 8 shooting in this contest. Jackson ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor in addition to contributing 4 assists and 12 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kentucky (-8)
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