Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 11/28/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
Location: Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Notre Dame (+11.5)
Breslin Center is the venue where and the Michigan State Spartans (22-9 last year) will play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-12 last season) on Saturday. Notre Dame opens this contest as 11.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 147.
Notre Dame will take the court after finishing with a mark of 20-12 last season. The Fighting Irish shot 34.5% on 3-pointers (310 of 899) and 73.5% from the charity stripe. They averaged 74.3 pts per contest (98th in Division 1) while shooting 42.6% from the floor. They gave up possession 9.8 times per contest and as a team committed 12.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Notre Dame grabbed 37.8 boards per game and totaled 528 dimes throughout last year, which had them ranked 13th in the country in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Fighting Irish forced 11.7 turnovers per game and they drew 15.3 personal fouls. The Fighting Irish allowed an opponent FG percentage of 41.4% (832 of 2,011) and they relinquished 38.2 boards per contest as a squad. They were 239th in college hoops in allowing assists 422 surrendered last year. They conceded 33.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they were 161st in college hoops in PPG allowed (68.7).
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish played the Boston College Eagles and notched a win by a score of 80-58 in their last game. Notre Dame ended with a 44.6% field goal percentage (29 out of 65) and converted 10 of their 25 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Fighting Irish knocked down 12 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. When it comes to getting rebounds, they earned 38 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 19 assists in this contest in addition to getting 9 steals and 3 blocks. Regarding defending, Notre Dame allowed the other team to shoot 44.6% from the floor on 29 of 65. Boston College dished out 7 dimes and 4 steals for the game. Moreover, the Eagles snagged 31 boards (4 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Boston College ended up shooting 80.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 12 of 15 tries. They also converted 6 out of their 20 attempts from three-point range.
Temple Gibbs is a guy who was a factor for this game. He accounted for 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 38 mins and grabbed 4 boards. Gibbs finished the contest at 50.0% from the field and also totaled 5 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Fighting Irish was Prentiss Hubb. He grabbed 3 rebounds and also had 9 dimes. He finished 41.7% from the field for this game by going 5-of-12 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Hubb played for 37 minutes.
Michigan State had a record of 22-9 last year. The Spartans committed 16.9 fouls every game and they hit 75.0% from the free throw line. They earned an assist 17.7 times per game (2nd in D-1) and they lost possession via turnover 12.5 times per game. Michigan State had 2,353 pts last season (75.9 per game) and they grabbed 40.6 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Spartans hit 46.1% from the field, which had them ranked 53rd in the country. The Spartans were ranked 52nd in college basketball in PPG allowed with 64.7. They forced 11.0 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 37.9% from the field (4th in college hoops). The Michigan State defense conceded 28.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (203 of 707) and opponents connected on 70.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They gave up 12.7 assists and 33.1 boards every game, which ranked them 193rd and 86th in the country.
In their last game, the Michigan State Spartans walked away with a victory by a final of 83-67 against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Spartans were able to snag 26 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 31 in the game. They turned away 5 attempts while earning 2 steals for this contest. The Eagles had 20 fouls for the contest which got the Spartans to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 68.8%. Concerning three-point shots, Michigan State knocked down 12 of 28 attempts (42.9%). When all was said and done, the Spartans ended up shooting 30 out of 55 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.5%. The Spartans allowed the Eagles to make 26 of their 64 attempts from the field which had them at 40.6% in this matchup. They shot 19.0% from distance by shooting 4 out of 21 and finished the game at 11 of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). Regarding rebounding, Michigan State allowed Eastern Michigan to get 25 overall (8 offensive).
Foster Loyer ended up having an impact for the Spartans in the matchup. He knocked down 6 out of 10 for this contest for a rate of 60.0%, which got him 20 points. Loyer snagged 2 rebounds in his 25 minutes and had 2 dimes for the contest. Someone else who came through for Michigan State was Aaron Henry. He was able to score 6 points in 25 minutes on the court by going 2 out of 3 shooting in this contest. Henry ended up shooting 66.7% from the field in addition to contributing 7 dimes and 4 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Michigan State (-11.5) and over 147 points
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