Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Louisville Cardinals Prediction, 2/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Louisville Cardinals
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Notre Dame (+3)
KFC Yum! Center is the site where and the Louisville Cardinals (11-5) will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-11) on Tuesday. The line on this contest has Louisville as 3-point favorites. The total is set at 140.
Notre Dame will play this contest with a record of 9-11 for the season. The Fighting Irish are shooting 38.1% on three-point attempts (184 of 483) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. They average 72.6 points per game (147th in Division 1) while hitting 46.9% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 10.3 times per contest and as a squad are committing 11.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Notre Dame is pulling in 33.2 rebounds per contest and has racked up 312 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 61st in the nation in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Fighting Irish are forcing their opponents into 8.4 turnovers per game while drawing 15.1 personal fouls. They rank 246th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 278 conceded this season. The Fighting Irish defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 43.6% (554 of 1,272) and they relinquish 35.6 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are giving up 36.3% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 224th in D-1 in PPG allowed (72.0).
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish played the Syracuse Orange and took a loss by a final of 75-67 in their last contest. Notre Dame ended the contest with a 44.8% field goal percentage (26 out of 58) and buried 12 of their 31 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Fighting Irish buried 3 of 4 tries for a rate of 75.0%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 31 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 22 dimes in this matchup while getting 2 steals and 3 blocked shots. When talking about defending, Notre Dame allowed the other team to go 44.8% from the floor on 26 out of 58 shooting. Syracuse doled out 12 assists and had 9 steals in the game. Additionally, the Orange grabbed 33 boards (10 offensive, 23 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Syracuse finished the contest at 100.0% when shooting free throws by burying 11 of 11 attempts. They also converted 10 of their 22 shots from distance.
Trey Wertz is one guy who played a role for this contest. He finished with 17 points on 6 out of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 34 minutes played and snagged 3 boards. Wertz finished the game at 60.0% from the floor and also dished out 3 dimes. Another guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Fighting Irish was Dane Goodwin. He totaled 5 rebounds and had 2 dimes. He finished shooting 42.9% from the floor in this game by shooting 6-of-14 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Goodwin was on the hardwood for 37 min.
Louisville has a record of 11-5 so far this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Cardinals are shooting 44.3% from the field, which ranks 178th in college hoops. Louisville has scored 1,096 pts this year (68.5 per game) and they pull in 38.1 rebounds per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 11.3 times per game (302nd in the nation) and they turn it over 12.3 times per contest. The Cardinals commit 17.4 personal fouls per game and they shoot 72.4% from the charity stripe. The Cardinals are ranked 76th in the nation in PPG given up with 66.4. The Louisville defense surrenders 31.5% on shots from distance (121 of 384) and their opponents are knocking down 64.4% of their foul shots. They relinquish 12.1 dimes and 33.1 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 111th and 90th in college hoops. They are forcing 11.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.7% from the field (105th in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Louisville Cardinals took a defeat with a final score of 99-54 against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Cardinals were able to snag 17 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 32 in this contest. They blocked 2 shots while earning 9 steals for the contest. The Tar Heels had 13 personal fouls for this contest which got the Cardinals to the free throw line for 12 attempts. They were able to convert 9 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 75.0%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Louisville buried 1 out of their 16 tries (6.3%). In all, the Cardinals shot 22 out of 67 from the field which had them at 32.8%. The Cardinals allowed the Tar Heels to convert 42 of their 69 tries from the floor which left them shooting 60.9% for the matchup. They finished 44.4% from behind the 3-point line by going 8 of 18 and ended up shooting 7 out of 18 from the charity stripe (38.9%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Louisville permitted North Carolina to snag 45 overall (16 on the offensive side).
Carlik Jones ended up being a major contributor for the Cardinals in the game. He knocked down 6 of 15 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 40.0%, which got him 13 points. Jones pulled down 2 boards in his 26 minutes played and accumulated 2 dimes in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Louisville was Samuell Williamson. He left the arena with 9 points in his 30 minutes on the court via 4 of 14 shooting in this contest. Williamson wrapped this one up going 28.6% from the floor while also contributing 2 dimes and 10 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Notre Dame (+3)
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