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Connecticut Huskies vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds
Joyce Center will host Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Connecticut Huskies action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.
The Fighting Irish sport records of 14-1 and 8-4 ATS heading into this battle, while the Huskies have 11-3 and 3-6-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-2 for the Fighting Irish and 5-5 for the Huskies.
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Fighting Irish installed as 9-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 64-ranked Fighting Irish and the No. 116-rated Huskies in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 85-78 win for the Fighting Irish on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Notre Dame's No. 38-ranked scoring average of 76.8 PPG, against a Huskies defense rated No. 131 and allowing 64.3 PPG. The Fighting Irish FG% has averaged 51.4% to date this season, more than the Huskies shooters have managed so far (46.3% per game).
Defensively, Connecticut features the nation's No. 337-rated defense on the road, allowing 82 points per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, comes in at No. 66 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Connecticut, they were a 99-78 winner as they battled DePaul at home. They covered in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. Connecticut cruised to victory on Tuesday, running DePaul out of the gym and running up a 99-78 score at Gampel Pavilion.
In their last action, Notre Dame was a 66-60 winner on the road against Cincinnati. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Notre Dame got 19 points from Jerian Grant en route to a 66-60 victory over Cincinnati on Monday at Fifth Third Arena.
Connecticut Huskies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Louisville are 8-2
After playing DePaul are 6-3
After a win are 7-3
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing St. John's are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 5-4
After a win are 10-0
A few Huskies at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Connecticut's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame
Connecticut is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame
Connecticut is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Notre Dame is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Connecticut
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Notre Dame's last 5 games when playing at home against Connecticut
Connecticut home to Louisville, Monday, January 14
Notre Dame at St. John's, Tuesday, January 15