Miami Hurricanes vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 2/14/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Hurricanes vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Location: Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+8.5)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-10) play the Miami Hurricanes (7-11) at Purcell Pavilion on Sunday. Notre Dame opens this contest as 8.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 140.5.
Miami enters this game with a mark of 7-11 for the season. They average 66.7 pts per contest (288th in Division 1) on 43.2% from the field. The Hurricanes are shooting 29.4% on shots from beyond the arc (101 of 344) and 68.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Miami is pulling in 35.8 boards per game and has earned 211 assists on the year, which is 207th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 13.6 times per contest and as a unit are committing 13.4 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Hurricanes have forced 12.9 turnovers every game while drawing 16.1 fouls. They give up 37.1% from 3-point land while they are 173rd in the nation in opponents points per game (69.9). The Hurricanes are giving up a FG percentage of 43.4% (466 of 1,074) and they concede 34.5 boards per contest as a team. They currently rank 282nd in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 263 surrendered this season.
The Miami Hurricanes took the court against the Virginia Tech Hokies and ended up losing by a score of 80-76 in their last game. Miami finished with a 41.4% FG percentage (24 out of 58) and buried 6 out of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Hurricanes made 22 of their 26 attempts for a rate of 84.6%. In reference to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 33 with 5 of them being offensive. They also distributed 12 assists in the game while earning 5 steals and 2 blocked shots. In reference to the defense, Miami allowed the other team to shoot 41.4% from the field on 24 of 58 shooting. Virginia Tech doled out 25 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. Furthurmore, the Hokies pulled down 29 boards (5 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Virginia Tech finished the contest at 80.0% when shooting free throws by making 12 of 15 shots. They also knocked down 8 of 23 attempts from three-point range.
Elijah Olaniyi is someone who was a contributor in this contest. He ended up finishing with 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He played for 41 mins and totaled 4 rebounds. Olaniyi finished shooting 54.5% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes. One more player that was a major contributor in the game for the Hurricanes was Isaiah Wong. He snagged 8 rebounds and tallied 6 dimes. He finished 33.3% from the field in this matchup via 4-of-12 (19 points). In all, Wong was on the court for 39 minutes.
Notre Dame has a mark of 8-10 for the campaign. The Fighting Irish commit 11.8 personal fouls every game and they shoot 77.1% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.2 times per contest (70th in D-1) and they turn it over 10.3 times per game. Notre Dame has accumulated 1,314 points for the campaign (73.0 per game) and they snag 32.6 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Fighting Irish are hitting on 47.1% from the floor, which is ranked 55th in the country. The Fighting Irish on defense are ranked 235th in college basketball in PPG given up with 72.4. They have relinquished 14.4 dimes and 35.2 rebounds every game, which ranks 270th and 182nd in those defensive categories. The Notre Dame defense surrenders 36.5% on 3-point attempts (152 of 416) and their opponents are making 73.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 8.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.2% from the floor (221st in college hoops).
When they last played, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took home the win by a final score of 93-89 when they faced the Duke Blue Devils. The Fighting Irish collected 20 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards totaling 26 for the matchup. They also stuffed 4 shots while earning 5 steals for the matchup. The Blue Devils had 19 personal fouls for this contest which took the Fighting Irish to the free throw line for 20 tries. They were able to make 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 90.0%. In terms of shooting from downtown, Notre Dame made 11 out of 25 tries (44.0%). When all was said and done, the Fighting Irish ended up shooting 32 for 58 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 55.2%. The Fighting Irish allowed the Blue Devils to bury 36 of their 69 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 52.2% in this contest. They finished 45.5% from distance by shooting 10 out of 22 and finished the game at 7 of 8 from the free throw line (87.5%). In reference to team rebounding, Notre Dame allowed Duke to snag 30 in total (9 offensive).
Cormac Ryan ended up being a factor for the Fighting Irish in this matchup. He buried 10 of 16 in this game for a field goal percentage of 62.5%, which had him sitting at 28 points. Ryan had 2 rebounds in his 36 mins and totaled 2 assists in the game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Notre Dame was Prentiss Hubb. He ended up scoring 15 points in his 36 minutes on the court via 5 out of 12 shooting in the matchup. Hubb finished going 41.7% from the field in addition to earning 8 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Notre Dame (-8.5)
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