Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction, 3/18/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Notre Dame (+5)
Viejas Arena is where the Alabama Crimson Tide (19-13) will play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (23-10) on Friday. Alabama is 5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total has been set at 153.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish took the court against Rutgers and earned the victory with a final of 89-87 in their last game. In the matter of personal fouls, the Fighting Irish walked away with 8 and Rutgers had 15 personal fouls. They also made 11 of 27 shots from downtown. Rutgers went 66.7% from the free throw line by knocking down 4 of 6 shots. On top of that, Rutgers grabbed 41 boards (13 offensive, 28 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Rutgers dished out 22 dimes and had 1 steal for the contest. With regard to the defense, Notre Dame allowed 50.7% from the floor on 36 of 71 shooting. They also recorded 17 assists in this matchup while forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and having 6 steals. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 29 with 7 of them being offensive. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Fighting Irish buried 9 of 16 attempts for a percentage of 56.3%. Notre Dame finished having earned a 51.4% field goal percentage (37 of 72) and knocked down 6 out of their 19 three-point attempts.
Paul Atkinson is a player who was a major contributor in the matchup. He finished with 26 points on 13 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 mins played and also totaled 6 rebounds. He finished the game shooting 86.7% from the field and also totaled 1 assist.
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Notre Dame heads into this matchup with a record of 23-10 for the year. They have an average of 73.0 pts per game (124th in the nation) while hitting 46.4% from the field. The Fighting Irish are connecting on 37.8% on three-point attempts (299 of 790) and 75.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Notre Dame is collecting 34.0 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 470 assists this season, which is 70th in the nation in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 10.2 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 12.7 fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Fighting Irish are forcing 10.0 turnovers per game while drawing 15.0 fouls. They are ranked 134th in college basketball in giving up assists with 381 surrendered this year. The Fighting Irish defense is giving up a FG percentage of 43.4% (851 of 1,960) and they relinquish 33.6 boards per game as a basketball team. They are conceding 32.2% on shots from downtown while they are 132nd in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (67.5).
In their last game, the Alabama Crimson Tide took a loss by a score of 82-76 when they played Vanderbilt. The Crimson Tide were able to snag 32 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 44 for the contest. They also gave up possession 18 times, while recording 5 steals in the game. Vanderbilt was called for 24 fouls for the contest which got the Crimson Tide to the charity stripe for a total of 34 attempts. They were able to knock down 20 of them for a rate of 58.8%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Alabama knocked down 8 of their 34 attempts (23.5%). In all, the Crimson Tide finished the game shooting 24 out of 67 from the field which had them shooting 35.8%. The Crimson Tide permitted Vanderbilt to bury 21 of 53 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 39.6% for the game. They finished shooting 34.6% from downtown by shooting 9 of 26 and finished the game at 31 of 45 from the free throw line (68.9%). In relation to rebounds, Alabama permitted Vanderbilt to get 32 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Keon Ellis pitched in for the Crimson Tide for this contest. He converted 2 out of 6 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 33.3%, and had 7 rebounds. He racked up 8 points in his 30 minutes of playing time and accumulated 3 dimes for this contest.
Alabama has a mark of 19-13 for the campaign. As an offense, the Crimson Tide are shooting 44.1% from the floor, which ranks 174th in Division 1. Alabama has totaled 2,559 pts on the year (80.0 per contest) and they collect 39.9 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 14.6 times per game (70th in the country) and they turn it over 14.6 times per game. The Crimson Tide commit 18.6 fouls per contest and they shoot 73.0% from the free throw line.
The Alabama defense concedes 33.1% on three-point shots (235 of 709) and their opponents are connecting on 71.2% of their free throw attempts. They allow 12.4 assists and 36.2 total boards per game, ranking them 169th and 271st in those defensive categories. The Crimson Tide defensively are ranked 327th in the country in PPG surrendered with 76.4. They are forcing 13.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 43.5% from the floor (198th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Notre Dame (+5)
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