#20 14-2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won their last five games and now visit Watsco Center in Coral Gables to brawl with the 11-3 Miami Hurricanes. The Irish enter this contest at 3-0 in league play, while the Hurricanes have started their league action at 1-1. This contest has a start time of 7:00 pm EST.
Vegas odds have the Hurricanes listed as 2.5 point favorites, while the total has been set at 140. The game has a start time of 7:00 pm EST and will be televised on ESPN.
Breaking Down The Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Irish are looking like a surprise team again as they have gotten off to a strong 14-2 start on the year, including a 3-0 start in the ACC. They have won their last five games in a row and in their two losses this year they held double-digit leads in the 2nd halves. In their last game they were really tested by Clemson, but fought and clawed to the 75-70 win. They also have a 7 point home win over Louisville and a 1 point road win in OT over Pittsburgh in ACC play so far. This game could be another nailbiter as the Hurricanes are a very good team at home and they have played great defense this year. The Irish have been led by their offense and fantastic shooting. That will be tested in this game. The Irish defense has been solid so far this year, which is different than last year and they will need that defense to step up here vs a good Miami offense. Notre Dame has four players that average at least 14.0 ppg and have been led by Bonzie Colson, who has put up 16.4 ppg.
The Irish enter this game ranked 32nd in the nation in scoring, putting up 82.3 ppg, while also ranking 56th in FG% (47.4%), 17th in 3-point shooting (40.2%) and 1st in free throw shooting (84.0%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been solid as they come in ranked 73rd in points allowed, giving up 66.7 ppg, while also ranking 37th in defensive FG% (39.6%) and 122nd in 3-point defense (33.0%).
Breaking Down The Miami Hurricanes
The Miami Hurricanes are off to a solid 11-3 start, which includes an 8-0 mark at home. They are 1-1 in the ACC and come in off a 70-55 road loss to Syracuse. Their offense was not very good in that game and will have to be much better in this one as the Irish can score in bunches. The Canes have averaged 78.5 ppg at home, so they can score here, but where they really shine is on defense as they have allowed 57.8 ppg here at home. The only problem there is that this is the best offense that they have faced on this floor this year so far. If this defense struggles, then they will really need to rely on their offense to try and outscore the Irish. It won’t be easy, as the Notre Dame defense has been far improved over last year. The Hurricanes have thr players that average more than 7.2 ppg on the year and they have been led by Ja'Quan Newton, who is averaging 15.2 ppg on the year.
Miami checks in at 197th in the nation in scoring, putting up 73.6 ppg, while also ranking 87th in FG% (46.7%), 125th in 3-point shooting (36.4%) and 151st in free throw shooting (70.3%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been very strong as they come in ranked 6th in points allowed, giving up 59.7 ppg, while also ranking 16th in defensive FG% (38.4%) and 35th in 3-point defense (30.6%).
Trends: The Irish have gone 24-8 ATS in their last 32 Thursday games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, but just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 7-3 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Miami has gone 4-1 ATS the last five games in this series, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Under is 17-7 in their last 24 vs. the Atlantic Coast and 7-3-1 in their last 11 home games.;