Pittsburgh Panthers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Predictions, College Basketball Picks Tonight 2/5/2020
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Location: Purcell Pavilion in Notre Dame, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Notre Dame -5.5
The Pittsburgh Panthers travel to Purcell Pavilion to play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Notre Dame as 5.5 point favorites.
Pittsburgh comes into this game with an overall record of 14-8. They currently have a point differential of 3.6 as they are averaging 66.2 points per game while giving up 62.6 per contest. Notre Dame has an overall record of 13-8. They are averaging 76.8 points per game and surrendering 68.8, good for a point differential of 8.0.
Valuable Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 11-11-0 against the spread
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 9-12-1 against the over/under
Important Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Trends
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 11-9-1 against the spread
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 10-11-0 against the over/under
Key Pittsburgh Panthers Injuries
11/05/19 F Kene Chukwuka Hip is out indefinitely
01/09/20 G Ithiel Horton Undisclosed is out for season
Key Notre Dame Fighting Irish Injuries
12/06/19 G Robby Carmody ACL is out indefinitely
Trey McGowens comes into this contest averaging 12.7 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 75%. Xavier Johnson averages 11.8 points per game in 33.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.2 assists per contest and 3.8 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 38% for the year while his free throw percentage is 74%.
John Mooney averages 16.5 points per game while playing 32.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 13.2 rebounds per game and has 2.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 64%. T.J. Gibbs averages 14.0 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.5 rebounds per contest and 3.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
Pittsburgh averages 66.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 299th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 3.6 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team, which has them ranked 289th. Behind the arc they shoot 30% which is good for 322nd in the nation. They average 35.2 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game, which ranks them 201st and 234th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 278th with 12.2 per game. The Panthers allow 62.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 31st in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc, ranking them 96th and 130th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.9 rebounds a game which ranks 226th and they give up 12.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 193rd place in Division 1. They force 15.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 297th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Notre Dame is 56th in the country with 76.8 points per game this year. They are 224th in Division 1 in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is 8.0. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 97th in the nation. They are 63rd in the NCAA in rebounding with 38.5 boards per game, and 7th in assists per contest with 17.3. The Fighting Irish are 349th in turnovers per game with 9.7. The Fighting Irish surrender 68.8 points per contest, which ranks them 165th in D-1. Their defense allows a 41% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 104th and 241st in those defensive statistics. They rank 242nd with 13.5 assists allowed per contest and 326th with 38.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Fighting Irish are 88th in country in forcing turnovers with 12.4 per game.
The Panthers have an offensive rating of 100.6, which is ranked 195th. They are 332nd in college basketball in pace with 65.4 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 46% is 319th. As a unit they are 294th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shot attempts, ranking 292nd in D-1. Pittsburgh is 247th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.7 times per 100 possessions.
Notre Dame is 350th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions. The Fighting Irish are 34th in the country in offensive rating with 109.4. In terms of pace they are 162nd in Division 1 with 69.8 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 133rd. As a team they are 145th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 45% of their shots, ranking 30th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Pittsburgh/Notre Dame college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Notre Dame -5.5
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