Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Syracuse Orange Prediction, 2/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Syracuse Orange
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Notre Dame (+2.5)
Carrier Dome is the site where and the Syracuse Orange (12-6) will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-10) on Saturday. Notre Dame opens this matchup as 2.5-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 149.
Notre Dame comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 9-10 on the year. The Fighting Irish are connecting on 38.1% on shots from 3-point land (172 of 452) and 77.2% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 72.9 points per game (144th in the country) while hitting 47.0% from the field. They turn it over 10.3 times per contest and as a group are committing 11.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Notre Dame is snagging 33.3 rebounds per contest and has tallied 290 dimes for the year, which is 77th in Division 1 in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Fighting Irish are forcing 8.4 turnovers per game while drawing 15.3 personal fouls. They are conceding 35.8% on shots from distance while they are 221st in the nation in opponents points per game (71.8). The Fighting Irish defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 43.6% (527 of 1,210) and they surrender 35.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 250th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 266 relinquished for the season.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish faced off with the Miami Hurricanes and went home with a win by a final score of 71-61 in their last contest. Notre Dame ended with a 44.4% FG percentage (28 out of 63) and made 7 of their 29 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Fighting Irish made 8 of 10 shots for a rate of 80.0%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 42 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 16 assists in this game in addition to earning 2 steals and 7 rejections. With respect to defending, Notre Dame allowed the other team to shoot 44.4% from the floor on 28 of 63 shooting. Miami recorded 7 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. Moreover, the Hurricanes grabbed 38 rebounds (12 offensive, 26 defensive) and earned 7 rejections. Miami walked away from this one shooting 57.1% at the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of 21 tries. They knocked down 5 of 22 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Nate Laszewski is a guy who played a role for this game. He totaled 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting. He played 26 minutes played and totaled 7 rebounds. Laszewski finished the game at 75.0% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in this contest for the Fighting Irish was Juwan Durham. He snagged 6 rebounds and also accumulated 2 assists. He ended up going 57.1% from the field in the matchup by shooting 4-of-7 (12 points). When all was said and done, Durham played for 23 min.
Syracuse has a record of 12-6 on the year. The Orange commit 14.7 fouls every game and they go 79.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 15.6 times per game (58th in college hoops) and they are turning it over 11.7 times per game. Syracuse has totaled 1,379 points this year (76.6 per contest) and they snag 36.3 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Orange are shooting 44.2% from the floor, which ranks 185th in college hoops. The Orange on the defensive side of the court are 187th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 70.4. They have forced 15.3 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.9% from the field (65th in college hoops). The Syracuse defense surrenders 30.8% on 3-pointers (151 of 491) and their opponents are making 76.0% of their foul shots. They concede 16.6 assists and 37.8 rebounds every game, which ranks them 331st and 297th in those defensive categories.
When they last played, the Syracuse Orange walked away with a victory by a final of 75-67 when they played the Boston College Eagles. The Orange were able to corral 29 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 34 for the game. They also rejected 6 tries while earning 10 steals for the game. The Eagles were called for 18 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Orange to the charity stripe for 23 shots. They were able to knock down 18 of the free throw tries for a clip of 78.3%. When discussing shooting from beyond the arc, Syracuse buried 5 out of their 11 tries (45.5%). Overall, the Orange finished 26 out of 54 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.1%. The Orange allowed the Eagles to bury 23 out of their 63 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 36.5% for the matchup. They finished 29.0% from behind the 3-point line via 9 out of 31 and finished the game at 12 of 13 at the free throw line (92.3%). Concerning team rebounding, Syracuse permitted Boston College to collect 30 in all (9 offensive).
Joseph Girard ended up being a factor for the Orange for this game. He buried 7 out of 13 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 53.8%, which gave him 16 points. Girard pulled down 6 boards in his 36 minutes and had 3 assists for this contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Syracuse was Alan Griffin. He ended up scoring 14 points in 31 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 of 10 shooting for this contest. Griffin ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field while contributing 2 assists and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Notre Dame (+2.5)
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