North Carolina Tar Heels vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 2/22/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Location: Purcell Pavilion in Notre Dame, IN
The North Carolina Tar Heels (16-11) are hitting the road to Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday where they will go up against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-17).
The North Carolina Tar Heels faced North Carolina State and ended up losing by a score of 77-69 in their last contest. With respect to fouls, the Tar Heels ended up finishing with 16 and North Carolina State finished the game with 18 fouls. They converted 5 out of their 18 shots from 3-point range. North Carolina State finished the game at 80.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 8 of 10 attempts. Moreover, North Carolina State had 31 boards (9 offensive, 22 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. North Carolina State earned 9 dimes and had 7 steals for the matchup. In terms of the defense, North Carolina let their opponent shoot 45.1% from the field on 32 of 71 shooting. They also distributed 8 dimes in this contest as well as forcing the other team into 2 turnovers and having 1 steal. With regard to grabbing boards, they compiled 45 with 17 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Tar Heels knocked down 18 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. North Carolina wrapped up the contest with a 35.5% FG percentage (22 of 62) and buried 7 of their 22 shots from beyond the arc.
Caleb Love is one guy who came through for the contest. He ended up scoring 23 points on 7 of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 34 minutes played and pulled down 5 boards. He walked away from this one shooting 41.2% from the floor and also totaled 2 dimes.
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North Carolina steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 16-11 on the season. They turn it over 10.9 times per game and as a group they commit 17.1 fouls per game. As a team, North Carolina is snagging 39.6 boards per contest and is sitting with 327 assists for the year, which is 292nd in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Tar Heels are connecting on 30.7% from downtown (185 of 603) and 73.6% from the free throw line. They average 77.9 points per outing (48th in Division 1) on 43.9% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Tar Heels are able to force 11.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. They are 79th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 311 surrendered for the year. The Tar Heels defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 43.7% (731 of 1,671) and they relinquish 34.7 boards per game as a team. They concede 33.6% on shots from downtown and they rank 261st in the nation in opponents PPG (72.6).
In their last game, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish went home defeated by a final of 57-55 against Virginia. The Fighting Irish corralled 26 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds for a total of 29 in the game. They gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while earning 4 steals in this game. Virginia committed 14 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Fighting Irish to the charity stripe for a total of 10 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw tries for a rate of 80.0%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, Notre Dame made 7 out of their 26 attempts (26.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Fighting Irish went 20 out of 51 from the floor which had them shooting 39.2%. The Fighting Irish allowed Virginia to make 19 of their 52 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.5% for this contest. They went 29.2% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 7 of 24 and finished the contest at 12 out of 16 at the charity stripe (75.0%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Notre Dame allowed Virginia to snag 33 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Nate Laszewski pitched in for the Fighting Irish in this contest. He racked up 18 points in his 36 mins on the court and added 2 assists in this game. He made 6 out of 14 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and added 8 rebounds.
Notre Dame has a record of 10-17 so far this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Fighting Irish are shooting 44.9% from the field, which has them ranked 176th in the nation. Notre Dame has 1,894 points for the year (70.1 per game) and they grab 30.9 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 12.0 times per game (276th in the country) and they turn it over 8.7 times per game. The Fighting Irish are committing 13.5 fouls every game while shooting 76.2% from the charity stripe.
The Fighting Irish on the defensive side of the court are 248th in college basketball in points given up per game with 72.0. They are forcing their opponents into 8.9 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.6% from the field (331st in college basketball). The Notre Dame defense allows 34.7% on shots from beyond the arc (190 of 547) and their opponents are knocking down 77.1% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 14.0 dimes and 34.7 total boards per game, which ranks them 280th and 228th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Notre Dame
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