Western Michigan Broncos vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 12/2/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Location: Purcell Pavilion in Notre Dame, IN
TV: ACC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Western Michigan (+15.5)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-1) host the Western Michigan Broncos (0-1) at Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday. The odds on this matchup have Notre Dame as 15.5-point favorites. The total opens at 139.5.
Western Michigan will enter this contest with a record of 0-1 for the season. They lose possession via turnover 13 times per contest and as a team are committing 19 fouls per game. As a unit, Western Michigan is pulling in 34 boards per game and has accounted for 13 assists on the campaign, which is 235th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Broncos are connecting on 50.0% on shots from 3-point land (9 of 18) and 70.0% from the free throw line. They have an average of 62 points per outing (219th in the nation) while connecting on 46.0% from the field. On the defensive end, the Broncos are forcing their opponents into 6 turnovers every game and they draw 14 fouls. They currently rank 100th in college basketball in giving up assists with 7 surrendered on the campaign. The Broncos defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 40.4% (23 of 57) and they relinquish 32.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are surrendering 25.0% on 3-point shots and they are 191st in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (66).
The Western Michigan Broncos stepped onto the hardwood against the Butler Bulldogs and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 66-62 in their last game. Western Michigan wrapped up the game with a 46.0% field goal percentage (23 out of 50) and made 9 of their 18 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Broncos made 7 of 10 attempts for a percentage of 70.0%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 33 with 1 of them being offensive. They also recorded 13 dimes for the matchup in addition to earning 2 steals and 5 rejections. When it comes to defense, Western Michigan allowed the other team to go 46.0% from the floor on 23 of 50. Butler recorded 7 assists and 7 steals for the contest. In addition, the Bulldogs grabbed 30 rebounds (5 offensive, 25 defensive) and got 5 blocked shots. Butler went 62.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 15 of 24 attempts. They also buried 5 out of their 20 attempts from beyond the arc.
B. Artis White is a player who played a role in this matchup. He had 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 minutes and also totaled 7 rebounds. White finished 62.5% from the floor and dished out 5 assists. Another guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Broncos was Titus Wright. He pulled down 3 rebounds and had 3 assists. He ended up shooting 44.4% from the field for the contest by going 4-of-9 (8 points). When this game wrapped up, Wright was on the hardwood for 28 minutes.
Notre Dame has a mark of 0-1 so far this year. When it comes to offense, the Fighting Irish are shooting 35.0% from the floor, which is ranked 338th in the nation. Notre Dame has 70 pts so far this year and they grab 36 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 13 times per game (153rd in Division 1) and they are turning it over 10 times per game. The Fighting Irish commit 11 fouls per game and they shoot 76.9% from the free throw line. The Fighting Irish on the defensive end are ranked 303rd in college hoops in PPG allowed with 80. They concede 26 assists and 48 boards every game, which has them ranked 354th and 348th in the nation. The Notre Dame defense concedes 31.8% on 3-pointers (7 of 22) and their opponents are knocking down 81.3% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 12 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.9% from the field (149th in D-1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took a loss by a final score of 80-70 when they faced the Michigan State Spartans. The Fighting Irish were able to pull down 27 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards totaling 33 in this matchup. They also turned away 4 shots while earning 4 steals in this contest. The Spartans committed 21 fouls for this game which got the Fighting Irish to the free throw line for a total of 26 shots. They were able to make 20 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 76.9%. When talking about shooting from downtown, Notre Dame converted 8 of 21 tries (38.1%). When the game finished, the Fighting Irish shot 21 for 60 from the floor which gave them a rate of 35.0%. The Fighting Irish permitted the Spartans to make 30 of their 70 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 42.9% for this contest. They finished shooting 31.8% from distance by connecting on 7 out of 22 and ended up going 13 of 16 at the free throw line (81.3%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Notre Dame allowed Michigan State to snag 46 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
Dane Goodwin ended up having an impact for the Fighting Irish for the contest. He buried 3 out of 10 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 30.0%, which had him finishing with 12 points. Goodwin pulled down 8 rebounds in his 37 minutes played and had 4 assists for this game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Notre Dame was Prentiss Hubb. He notched 23 points in 36 minutes on the court via 7 out of 22 shooting in this contest. Hubb wrapped this one up going 31.8% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Western Michigan (+15.5)
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