Pittsburgh Panthers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 3/5/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Location: Purcell Pavilion in Notre Dame, IN
Purcell Pavilion is the location where the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (21-9) will play the Pittsburgh Panthers (11-19) on Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Panthers took the court against Duke and took a loss by a final of 86-56 in their last game. Pittsburgh finished the contest having earned a 42.1% field goal percentage (24 of 57) and buried 5 of 18 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Panthers buried 3 of 6 attempts for a percentage of 50.0%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 25 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 12 assists for the game as well as forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In the matter of defending, Pittsburgh let their opponent shoot 59.3% from the floor on 32 out of 54 shooting. Duke distributed 14 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Duke pulled down 25 rebounds (3 offensive, 22 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Duke ended up going 84.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 11 of 13 attempts. They also buried 11 of 22 attempts from beyond the arc. In the matter of fouls, the Panthers ended up with 9 while Duke accumulated 12 fouls.
John Hugley is a player who played a role for the matchup. He shot 53.3% from the floor and also totaled 1 assist. He saw the court for 33 mins played and also grabbed 6 rebounds. He accumulated 19 points on 8 out of 15 shooting.
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Pittsburgh heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 11-19 this year. They cough up possession 13.9 times per game and as a unit they commit 15.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Pittsburgh is snagging 34.3 boards per game and has tallied 332 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 286th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Panthers are connecting on 32.5% on three-point attempts (166 of 511) and 69.8% from the free throw line. They average 62.3 points per outing (344th in college hoops) while shooting 41.7% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Panthers are forcing their opponents into 10.5 turnovers per game while drawing 17.7 personal fouls. They rank 302nd in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 426 surrendered for the year. The Panthers defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 43.5% (719 of 1,653) and they surrender 31.2 rebounds per game as a group. They are conceding 35.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 137th in college basketball in PPG allowed (67.8).
In their last game, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took a loss by a score of 74-70 when they faced Florida State. In relation to how they attacked the glass, Notre Dame allowed Florida State to snag 38 in all (9 on the offensive glass). They finished 41.4% from beyond the perimeter by going 12 of 29 and ended up shooting 6 out of 8 at the free throw line (75.0%). The Fighting Irish allowed Florida State to make 28 out of 68 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 41.2% for this contest. When the final whistle blew, the Fighting Irish shot 30 for 69 from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.5%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, Notre Dame made 5 of 19 attempts (26.3%). They were able to knock down 5 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 55.6%. Florida State was called for 10 personal fouls for the contest which took the Fighting Irish to the charity stripe for a total of 9 tries. They turned it over 8 times, while getting 3 steals for the contest. The Fighting Irish earned 25 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 35 in the matchup.
Paul Atkinson ended up being a major contributor for the Fighting Irish for this game. He converted 7 out of 13 in the game for a rate of 53.8%, and earned 10 rebounds. He had 17 points in his 30 mins on the hardwood and had 1 assist for the matchup.
Notre Dame has a mark of 21-9 for the campaign. The Fighting Irish are responsible for committing 12.9 personal fouls every game while shooting 75.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.9 times per game (123rd in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 10.2 times per contest. Notre Dame has totaled 2,162 pts for the campaign (72.1 per contest) and they average 34.3 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Fighting Irish are connecting on 45.8% from the field, which is ranked 83rd in college basketball.
The Fighting Irish are ranked 101st in college basketball in points given up per game with 66.6. They are able to force 10.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 43.0% from the floor (172nd in the country). The Notre Dame defense gives up 32.6% on 3-pointers (203 of 623) and opponents are making 68.9% of their foul shots. They concede 11.3 assists and 33.8 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 64th and 135th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Notre Dame
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