Purdue Boilermakers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Purdue Boilermakers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Purdue (-7.5)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-3) host the Purdue Boilermakers (5-2) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday. Notre Dame opens this contest as 7.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 140.
Purdue heads into this matchup with a record of 5-2 for the year. They average 72.7 pts per contest (190th in the nation) while going 47.2% from the field. The Boilermakers are hitting 36.8% on shots from downtown (57 of 155) and 71.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Purdue is pulling down 36.7 boards per contest and has accounted for 120 assists on the campaign, which is 24th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 15.4 times per game and as a team are committing 17.7 personal fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Boilermakers are forcing 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. They currently rank 286th in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 96 conceded this year. The Boilermakers defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.3% (155 of 375) and they surrender 26.9 boards per contest as a squad. They concede 27.1% on three-point shots and they rank 63rd in college basketball in points per game allowed (63.1).
The Purdue Boilermakers took the court against the Ohio State Buckeyes and took home the win by a score of 67-60 in their last game. Purdue finished the contest with a 47.2% field goal percentage (25 out of 53) and buried 6 of their 20 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Boilermakers made 11 of their 13 attempts for a percentage of 84.6%. When discussing hauling in boards, they compiled 33 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 16 assists in this matchup while getting 9 steals and 3 blocks. When discussing the defense, Purdue allowed the other team to go 47.2% from the field on 25 of 53. Ohio State distributed 14 assists and 6 steals for this game. On top of that, the Buckeyes snagged 29 rebounds (10 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Ohio State finished the game shooting 76.9% from the charity stripe by converting 10 of their 13 tries. They converted 6 of their 24 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Sasha Stefanovic is someone who saw a lot of minutes for the matchup. He walked away with 10 points on 2 out of 7 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes played and totaled 2 rebounds. Stefanovic went 28.6% from the field and dished out 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in the matchup for the Boilermakers was Eric Hunter. He collected 2 rebounds and also totaled 2 assists. He shot 54.5% from the field in this matchup by shooting 6-of-11 (15 points). When the final whistle was blown, Hunter saw the court for 32 min.
Notre Dame has a record of 2-3 for the season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Fighting Irish are hitting on 44.6% from the floor, which ranks 190th in Division 1. Notre Dame has accounted for 362 points this year (72.4 per contest) and they snag 33.8 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 13.6 times per game (171st in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.8 times per contest. The Fighting Irish are committing 13.0 fouls every game and they connect on 81.6% from the free throw line. The Fighting Irish defensively are ranked 260th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 75.6. The Notre Dame defense gives up 35.1% on 3-point attempts (39 of 111) and their opponents are knocking down 83.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 14.6 assists and 36.4 rebounds per game, ranking them 254th and 207th in college basketball. They are forcing their opponents into 9.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.3% from the field (223rd in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took a loss by a final score of 75-65 against the Duke Blue Devils. The Fighting Irish were able to snag 20 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 23 in this game. They also stuffed 4 tries while getting 4 steals for this contest. The Blue Devils earned 13 fouls for this game which took the Fighting Irish to the free throw line for a total of 11 shots. They were able to convert 10 of those for a rate of 90.9%. In relation to shots from beyond the arc, Notre Dame made 9 out of their 21 tries (42.9%). In all, the Fighting Irish finished 23 out of 49 from the field which had them shooting 46.9%. The Fighting Irish allowed the Blue Devils to make 31 of their 60 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 51.7% for the contest. They finished 53.3% from distance by shooting 8 of 15 and ended up going 5 out of 5 at the charity stripe (100.0%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Notre Dame permitted Duke to grab 30 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
Dane Goodwin was important for the Fighting Irish in the game. He made 10 of 12 in the matchup for a rate of 83.3%, which gave him 25 points. Goodwin grabbed 2 boards in his 37 mins and totaled 2 dimes in this contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Notre Dame was Prentiss Hubb. He scored 12 points in his 36 minutes on the court by way of 4 of 9 from the floor for the matchup. Hubb ended up shooting 44.4% from the field while totaling 3 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Notre Dame (+7.5)
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