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Elite Eight: Kentucky faces Notre Dame

After trouncing their opponent and easily covering a double-digit spread in the Sweet 16 the still-unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats will look to stay on a roll on Saturday as they take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Elite Eight.

It's just the fifth time since 2000 that a team is a double-digit favorite in the Elite Eight (Florida vs Dayton in 2014 and Kansas vs VCU in 2011 are the most recent), and if any team can cover the big number, it's this Wildcats team.

The No. 1 Wildcats topped the No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers 78-39 in their Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, easily covering the 13-point spread in the contest. The No. 3 Fighting Irish are coming off an 81-70 win over the No. 7 Wichita State Shockers in the Sweet 16 as 2-point underdogs.

[ Top seeds almost always defeat 3 seeds, according to our database. ]

[ Watch for the latest KU line at Bovada before tipoff today. ]

As for the betting trends for this matchup, Notre Dame is 7-2 SU and ATS in its past nine games as an underdog, while Kentucky is 9-2-1 ATS in its past 12 games as double-digit chalk and has won and covered three straight Elite Eight games. Top seeds are 6-1 SU and ATS against No. 3 seeds since 2007, and the Wildcats are 25-5 SU as a March Madness favorite since 2002.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 37-0 and 20-15-2 ATS Kentucky Wildcats will face the 32-5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who own a 16-13 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Kentucky Wildcats are 15-22 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 14-13.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 2 (Kentucky) and the No. 87 (Notre Dame) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

How Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Kentucky Wildcats Stats Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Notre Dame is ranked No. 196 in NCAA basketball at 32.51 per game. Contrast that with Kentucky's No. 9 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Kentucky is the No. 204-ranked team in the country at 5.3 per game, while Notre Dame rates No. 22 at 8.05 per game.

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Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points leading the Fighting Irish to a 81-70 victory over Wichita State at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday.

The battle between the Wildcats and Mountaineers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as West Virginia was handed a 78-39 defeat on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.

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