Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Nittany Lions vs Fighting Irish CBB Odds
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(22-13) Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (21-14)
Midwest Region: NCAA Tournament
Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Notre Dame -4.5
CBB Betting Total: 141
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Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State was able to have a little comeback against their close rival Temple 63-57 to advance in the NIT. They have been playing above average lately winning six of their last 10, while going 6-4 ATS.
This has actually been an upper tier team as far as efficiency goes as they rank 58th in offense and 19th on defense. Their conference strength of schedule is ranked 62nd overall, but didn’t bother to schedule harder out of conference games ranking 324th overall.
They are led by Senior Guard Shep Garner and Sophomore Guard Tony Carr. Garner is averaging 11.0 PPG and is shooting over 42% from the three-point line. Carr is averaging 19.4 PPG and nearly 5 assists and rebounds per game.
The shooting hasn’t been pretty as they are only converting 37% of their shots in their last five matchups. Defensively, they do what they do only giving up 67.2 PPG in that span.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame was able to dismantle an inferior Hampton squad 84-63, even though they only shot 41.7% from the field. They did however manage to cover the double-digit spread.
When healthy they run one of the best offenses in the league ranking 32nd in efficiency. The defense isn’t too far behind ranking 59th in efficiency. Their ACC schedule also hardened them as it ranked as the 40th toughest schedule.
Notre Dame is led by Senior Forward Bonzie Colson and Senior Guard Matt Farrell. Colson is averaging 19.9 PPG and 10.2 RPG, and Farrell is averaging 16.5 PPG and 5.5 APG.
For being an efficient offense, Notre Dame’s shooting has been awful recently only shooting 38% in their last five contests. The defense has been sturdy only giving up 68.4 PPG in that span.
CBB Betting Trends:
- PSU are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
- PSU are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games on the road.
- ND are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. Big Ten.
- Over is 9-4 in ND last 13 games as a home favorite.
Free Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish NCAAB Prediction: Notre Dame knocks off Penn State
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Notre Dame -4.5
Notre Dame’s shooting has been porous, but Penn States has been even worse. The Seniors of Notre Dame probably want to win some type of championship before they depart, so I expect them to play somewhat motivated and handle Penn State at home.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Notre Dame 73 – Penn State 63
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