Notre Dame Fighting Irish host Rutgers Scarlet Knights in college basketball action
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Fighting Irish in Notre Dame at Joyce Center on Saturday in college basketball action.
Notre Dame battles the Scarlet Knights, currently sitting with a 12-4 mark (7-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-4 for the Fighting Irish and 6-4 for the Scarlet Knights.
Bettors looking to side with Notre Dame in this one found them as 13-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Fighting Irish, most recently No. 59 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Scarlet Knights, who rate No. 86 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 82-72 victory for the Fighting Irish.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Notre Dame has the nation's No. 46-rated offensive output, at 74.9 PPG. The visiting Scarlet Knights defense ranks No. 191 allowing on average 66.8 PPG. The Fighting Irish FG% has averaged 50.6% so far, more than the Scarlet Knights marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.5% per game.
Defensively, Rutgers features the nation's No. 169-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.8 points per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, comes in at No. 74 nationally in scoring at home.
Rutgers won its last outing, a 70-67 result against South Florida on January 17. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite. The Scarlet Knights grabbed a 70-67 win over the Bulls on Thursday, behind a 14-point effort from Wally Judge at Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Last time out for Notre Dame, they were a 67-63 loser as they battled St. John's on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite. Notre Dame got 21 points from Eric Atkins but lost anyway, 67-63, to St. John's on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing St. John's are 6-4
After playing South Florida are 5-5
After a win are 7-3
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Georgetown are 6-4
After playing St. John's are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4
A few Scarlet Knights at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
Rutgers is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rutgers's last 6 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame
Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Rutgers
Notre Dame is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
Notre Dame is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
Notre Dame is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Rutgers
Rutgers home to St. John's, Wednesday, January 23
Notre Dame home to Georgetown, Monday, January 21