Indiana Hoosiers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 12/18/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Indiana Hoosiers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
The Indiana Hoosiers (8-2) are traveling to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday where they will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-4).
The Indiana Hoosiers faced off with Merrimack and went home with a win by a final score of 81-49 in their last contest. With respect to personal fouls, the Hoosiers walked away with 12 and Merrimack recorded 23 personal fouls. They buried 11 out of their 29 tries from 3-point land. Merrimack ended up shooting 60.0% at the charity stripe by making 6 of 10 shots. Additionally, Merrimack pulled down 12 rebounds (3 offensive, 9 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Merrimack distributed 9 assists and had 10 steals for the contest. With regard to defending, Indiana allowed 29.6% from the field on 16 out of 54 shooting. They also recorded 16 dimes in the game as well as forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and earning 4 steals. Regarding rebounding, they collected a total of 49 with 15 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Hoosiers buried 22 of 32 shots for a percentage of 68.8%. Indiana ended the contest having earned a 51.9% field goal percentage (27 of 52) and knocked down 5 of 16 shots from distance.
Trayce Jackson-Davis is a player who was a contributor in this game. He ended up with 16 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He played for 24 mins played and totaled 9 boards. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the field but finished the game without an assist.
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Indiana enters this one with a record of 8-2 on the season. They are turning it over 15.9 times per contest and as a group are committing 17.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Indiana is collecting 42.6 boards per contest and has tallied 156 assists for the season, which ranks 101st in college basketball in terms of passing. The Hoosiers are hitting 37.0% on three-point attempts (71 of 192) and 68.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 78.3 pts per contest (64th in the nation) while going 48.6% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Hoosiers are forcing their opponents into 12.6 turnovers every game and they draw 19.5 personal fouls. They surrender 28.6% on shots from distance and they are 64th in college basketball in points per game allowed (62.3). The Hoosiers defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 34.9% (214 of 614) and they relinquish 32.3 boards per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 35th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 97 conceded on the year.
In their last game, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walked away with a victory by a final of 66-62 against Kentucky. When discussing how they attacked the glass, Notre Dame allowed Kentucky to collect 26 in all (5 on the offensive side). They went 10.5% from beyond the arc by hitting 2 of 19 and ended up shooting 10 out of 15 at the charity stripe (66.7%). The Fighting Irish permitted Kentucky to convert 25 of 55 tries from the floor which had them shooting 45.5% for this contest. When this game wrapped up, the Fighting Irish finished 26 out of 56 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.4%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, Notre Dame converted 7 of their 22 attempts (31.8%). They were able to knock down 7 of the free throws for a rate of 87.5%. Kentucky was called for 10 fouls for this contest which got the Fighting Irish to the charity stripe for 8 attempts. They also turned it over 8 times, while earning 3 steals for the contest. The Fighting Irish were able to pull down 25 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 29 in this game.
Blake Wesley ended up being a major contributor for the Fighting Irish in this contest. He earned 14 points in his 30 mins of playing time and had 3 assists in the matchup. He converted 6 out of 12 in this game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, and added 4 rebounds.
Notre Dame has a win-loss record of 4-4 on the year. As an offensive team, the Fighting Irish are shooting 44.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 203rd in the country. Notre Dame has accounted for 549 pts so far this year (68.6 per game) and they collect 34.9 boards per game. They are getting an assist 12.6 times per game (230th in college hoops) and they are turning it over 10.9 times per game. The Fighting Irish commit 14.9 fouls every game and they shoot 72.6% from the free throw line.
The Fighting Irish are ranked 132nd in college basketball in PPG given up with 66.1. They have forced 10.9 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.4% from the floor (265th in the nation). The Notre Dame defense allows 38.3% on shots from distance (54 of 141) and opponents are connecting on 64.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 11.3 dimes and 31.9 rebounds per game, which is ranked 106th and 68th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Indiana
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