Check out our free Miami (FL) vs Notre Dame pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in South Bend. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Miami (FL) vs Notre Dame Pick & Preview: Friday, December 30th Betting Odds
Hurricanes vs Fighting Irish Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Miami (FL) Hurricanes at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Where: South Bend at Purcell Pavilion
- Date: Friday, December 30th
- Betting Odds: Miami (FL) -3.5, MIA -173 | ND +139 O/U 144.0
The Miami (FL) will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 8 game win streak and have an overall record of 12-1. So far, the Hurricanes have played 2 games on the road, with a record of 2-0. This season, Miami (FL) has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 11-0. For today’s contest, Miami (FL) have a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.
Miami (FL) will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Isaiah Wong who is averaging 17.23 points per game for the Hurricanes. Wong is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Hurricanes’ offensive gameplan is the play of Jordan Miller who has hit 52.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.77 points per game.
On offense, Miami (FL) is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 13 games, they have only hit 35.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 36.2% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Fighting Irish Preview:
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish head into today’s game in what will be their 14th game of the season, posting a record of 8-5. So far this season, Notre Dame has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-2. For the season, Notre Dame has been the underdog in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 1-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Fighting Irish being +3.5 point underdogs.
Nate Laszewski comes into today’s game as the Fighting Irish’s leading scorer at 14.31 points per contest. Not only has Laszewski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Notre Dame’s top rebounder at 7.69 boards per contest. Behind Laszewski, the team has benefited from the strong play of J.J. Starling who is second on the team in scoring at 13.08 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.0% of his shots and is adding 3.31 boards per game.
Notre Dame comes into their matchup vs Miami (FL) looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 162nd in college basketball at 72.5 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 38.0%. So far, 42.95% of the Fighting Irish’s shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 65.2 possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +3.5
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Miami (FL) as the favorites with a line coming in at -3.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Miami (FL) at 7.36 made 3’s per game compared to Notre Dame at 9.16. Look for Notre Dame to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Hurricanes.