Kentucky Wildcats vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 12/11/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Location: Purcell Pavilion in Notre Dame, IN
The Kentucky Wildcats (7-1) are on their way to Purcell Pavilion on Saturday where they will play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-4).
The Kentucky Wildcats took the court against Southern and walked away with a win by a score of 76-64 in their last game. Kentucky walked away from the contest having earned a 49.1% field goal percentage (28 of 57) and made 6 of their 20 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Wildcats buried 14 of 23 shots for a percentage of 60.9%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they collected 36 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 18 assists for this game while creating 12 turnovers and having 7 steals. When it comes to defending, Kentucky allowed their opponent to shoot 41.4% from the floor on 24 out of 58 shooting. Southern earned 10 dimes and had 8 steals for the matchup. Moreover, Southern pulled down 22 rebounds (6 offensive, 16 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Southern finished the game at 91.7% from the charity stripe by making 11 of their 12 attempts. They also made 5 out of their 13 tries from distance. In regard to personal fouls, the Wildcats finished with 14 and Southern totaled 22 personal fouls.
Oscar Tshiebwe is one player who came through for the game. He scored 23 points on 9 of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 24 mins and also pulled down 11 rebounds. He finished 81.8% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes.
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Kentucky will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 7-1 on the season. They are averaging 82.6 points per game (24th in the nation) while going 48.4% from the field. The Wildcats are hitting 32.7% on shots from 3-point land (50 of 153) and 74.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Kentucky is pulling down 45.9 rebounds per game and has totaled 138 dimes on the season, which is 82nd in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are losing possession via turnover 12.9 times per contest and as a team are committing 13.1 personal fouls every game.
On defense, the Wildcats have forced 12.9 turnovers every game and they draw 14.4 personal fouls. They surrender 29.6% on shots from distance and they are 45th in D-1 in points per game allowed (60.9). The Wildcats defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 38.6% (187 of 484) and they surrender 26.9 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 29th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 80 surrendered on the season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 73-57 when they faced Boston College. In regard to how they rebounded, Notre Dame permitted Boston College to snag 37 overall (9 on the offensive glass). They went 46.2% from distance by shooting 6 out of 13 and finished the game at 13 of 17 at the charity stripe (76.5%). The Fighting Irish allowed Boston College to make 27 out of 55 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.1% for the contest. When the final whistle blew, the Fighting Irish shot 21 for 55 from the floor which had them sitting at 38.2%. When talking about shots from beyond the perimeter, Notre Dame knocked down 8 of 28 attempts (28.6%). They were able to knock down 7 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 100.0%. Boston College was called for 7 fouls for this contest which got the Fighting Irish to the free throw line for a total of 7 attempts. They turned it over 11 times, while recording 5 steals for the matchup. The Fighting Irish were able to pull down 19 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 23 for this game.
Prentiss Hubb pitched in for the Fighting Irish in the game. He totaled 15 points in his 31 mins on the court and totaled 2 assists for this contest. He buried 5 out of 7 in this matchup for a rate of 71.4%, and accounted for 2 rebounds.
Notre Dame has a win-loss record of 3-4 on the season. As an offense, the Fighting Irish are shooting 43.6% from the floor, which ranks them 214th in Division 1. Notre Dame has scored 483 pts this season (69.0 per contest) and they pull down 35.1 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 12.3 times per game (245th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 11.1 times per game. The Fighting Irish are committing 15.0 fouls every game and they hit 71.6% from the free throw line.
The Fighting Irish on defense are ranked 148th in college hoops in points given up per game with 66.7. They are forcing 11.7 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 44.3% from the field (263rd in college hoops). The Notre Dame defense surrenders 42.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (52 of 122) and their opponents are connecting on 64.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 11.6 dimes and 32.4 boards on a nightly basis, which is 133rd and 91st in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kentucky
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