Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. DePaul Blue Demons
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the DePaul Blue Demons face off for a Midwest battle in the Big East on Saturday. The Fighting Irish are -14 point favorites over the Blue Demons with an over/under set at 138.5.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are one of the hottest teams in the nation as Mike Brey’s team has won five games in a row. ND is 8-3 in the Big East, 12-1 at home this year, and they are in third place in the conference standings. Eric Atkins is averaging 12.9 points, Jerian Grant is averaging 12.7 points and 4.7 assists, and jack Cooley is averaging 11 points and 8.6 rebounds. As a team Notre Dame is averaging 67.2 points and their opponents are shooting 43.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.7 points and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. Notre Dame has three games in a row against teams no higher than 11th place in the Big East standings.
The DePaul Blue Demons are putting points on the board this season but unfortunately for Oliver Purnell’s team the teams they are playing each night are scoring more. DePaul is 2-9 in the Big East, 3-4 on the road this year, and they are in 15th place in the 16 team conference. Cleveland Melvin is averaging 18.2 points and 6.2 rebounds, Brandon Young is averaging 15 points and 4.9 assists, and Jeremiah Kelly is averaging 8.4 points. As a team DePaul is averaging 74.6 points and their opponents are shooting 44.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 75.7 points and their opponents are shooting 48.2 percent. DePaul may be a year or two away from competing on a game by game basis but when you can light up a scoreboard like they can you have a puncher’s chance.
Notre Dame is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games overall, 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, and 28-11 against the spread in their last 39 Big East games. DePaul is 5-2 against the spread following an against the spread loss, 4-11-1 against the spread against the Big East, and 4-0-1 against the spread following a double digit home loss. The road team has covered five in a row in this series.
With the total set at 138.5 this one still sails past the number.