Connecticut Huskies vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Connecticut Huskies and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off in a Big East hoops match up on Sunday. The Huskies are -8.5 point favorites over the Fighting Irish with an over/under point total of 129.
The UConn huskies have lost two games in a row and while Jim Calhoun’s team won’t be pushing the panic button just yet they know that in the Big East losses can pile up in a hurry. UConn is 4-3 in the Big East, 10-1 at home this season, and they are eighth place in the conference standings. Jeremy lamb is averaging 17.9 points and 4.3 rebounds, Shabazz Napier is averaging 14.8 points and 6.2 assists, and Andre Drummond is averaging 9.7 points and 7.6 rebounds. As a team Connecticut is averaging 70.9 points and they are shooting 47.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.8 points and their opponents are shooting 37 percent. UConn knows what it takes to win it all and if they can get any kind of momentum heading into March then they are going to be a very tough out..
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have found their stride of late as Mike Brey’s team has won their last two games. ND is 5-3 in the Big East, in a four way tie for fourth place in the conference, and 2-3 on the road this season. Eric Atkins is averaging 12.9 points, Jerian Grant is averaging 12.8 points and 4.7 assists, and Jack Cooley is averaging 10.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. As a team Notre Dame is averaging 68.2 points and they are shooting 43.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 63 points and their opponents shoot 40.7 percent. Notre Dame has been erratic looking like a world beater and looking like a team that is outright done on a week to week basis.
UConn is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games, 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 Big East games, and 7-15 against the spread following a loss. Notre Dame is 5-11-2 against the spread in their last 18 games overall, 25-11 against the spread against the Big East, and 2-6 against the spread in their last eight road games. The road team has covered in five of the last seven meetings of these two.
The total is set aggressively low and while these teams can play defense, they can put the ball in the basket as well and they get in enough here to get past the number.