Indiana Hoosiers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Indiana Hoosiers look to continue their resurgence as they visit an in-state rival, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Hoosiers are -8.5 point favorites over the Fighting Irish with an over/under point total set at 141.
After a few years near the top of the college basketball world it looks like Mike Brey’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be taking a step back this season. ND is a perfect 7-0 at home but they are 0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25, and 0-4 when playing away from home. Eric Atkins is averaging 13.9 points, Jerian Grant is averaging 12.4 points and 4.2 assists, Scott Martin is averaging 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds, and Jack Cooley is averaging 7.9 rebounds. As a team Notre Dame is averaging 71 points and they are shooting 44.1 percent and defensively they allow 64.8 points and their opponents shoot 41.6 percent. The Irish had the same back court for a few seasons and now they will need to rebuild and become more experienced as they go.
The Indiana Hoosiers are undefeated and last week’s big win over Kentucky has Tom Crean’s team believing in themselves and has Hoosier nation believing that their program is reborn. While Indiana may not be all the way back they are definitely on their way and their win over UK gives them a solid building block for a resume which they will need when March Madness rolls around. Cody Zeller is averaging 15 points and 7.4 rebounds, Victor Oladipo is averaging 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds, Jordan Hulls is averaging 11.2 points, and Christian Watford is averaging 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. As a team Indiana is averaging 83.7 points and they are shooting 51.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.4 points and their opponents shoot 40 percent. Indiana has their Big Ten schedule starting in less than two weeks and that is what will make or break their season.
Notre Dame is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record, 1-9-2 against the spread in their last 12 non-conference games, and 0-7-2 against the spread in their last nine games overall. Indiana is 5-0 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, 4-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-0 against the spread in their last five games overall.
Indiana is the better team this year but coming off of the Kentucky win on national TV the Hoosiers are a little over valued here and I will take the tried and true strategy of going the other way of the team coming off of the big win on a national stage.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish +8.5 Indiana Hoosiers