Syracuse Orange vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Syracuse Orange and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Monday Night in ACC college basketball action. The Orange is -13 point favorites over the Fighting Irish.
The Syracuse Orange remain unbeaten and are the top ranked team in the nation sitting at 21-0 overall. Syracuse is 8-0 in the ACC and 13-0 at home having played the 69th ranked schedule in the nation. C.J. Fair leads the Orange averaging 17.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.2 points, Jerami Grant is averaging 13 points and 7.1 rebounds, and Tyler Ennis is averaging 12.4 points and 5.5 assists. Syracuse is averaging 72.3 points and they are shooting 46.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.3 points and their opponents are shooting 40.9 percent. Syracuse is playing their second of three consecutive home games with a run that sees them playing five of six at home.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got a win last time out to end a streak of three straight losses but overall it has been a disappointing year for ND. Notre Dame is 1-6 away from home and 3-6 in the ACC as they are in 11th place in the conference standings. Garrick Sherman is averaging 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds to lead the Irish. Eric Atkins is averaging 14.3 points, Pat Connaughton is averaging 13.5 points and 7.4 rebounds, and Demetrius Jackson is averaging 6.5 points. Notre Dame is averaging 75.3 points and they are shooting 46.1 percent while their opponents are averaging 70.9 points and their opponents are shooting 44.9 percent. Notre Dame is 1-2 against teams ranked in the top 25.
Syracuse is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last six games, 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine home games. Notre Dame is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games, 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. The home team has covered the point spread in six of the last seven meetings of these two.
I like Notre Dame to cover this one and keep it close.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish +13 Syracuse Orange