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Notre Dame Kentucky Betting Preview

The Kentucky Wildcats will be looking for their first ATS victory of the season on Thursday night as they head to South Bend for a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Kentucky sits at 4-1 SU but 0-3 ATS on the season, and they'll be taking on a Notre Dame team that is 6-1 SU and 2-3 ATS this year. These schools last met back in December 2010, when the Wildcats won 72-58 as a 5-point home favorite on the betting lines.

The Fighting Irish are 6-1 so far on the season, and 2-3 ATS vs. the number. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are 4-1 and 0-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Notre Dame go 2-0 and the Wildcats go 2-0 on the totals.

View Kentucky vs Notre Dame Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Fighting Irish as 1.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates at BetOnline this afternoon.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 108-rated Fighting Irish and the No. 89-ranked Wildcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 89-86 result in favor of the Wildcats.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 174 in NCAA hoops at 35.4 per game. Contrast that with Notre Dame’s No. 60 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Notre Dame is the No. 96-ranked team in the country at 7 per game, while Kentucky rates No. 175 at 6 per game.

Defensively, Kentucky features the nation's No. 248-rated defense on the road, allowing 75 points per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, comes in at No. 156 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Kentucky, they were a 104-75 winner as they battled Long Island at home. The battle between the Wildcats and Blackbirds didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Long Island was handed a 104-75 defeat on Friday at Rupp Arena.

Last time out for Notre Dame, they were a 92-65 winner as they battled Chicago State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 31.5-point favorite. The battle between the Fighting Irish and Cougars didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Chicago State was handed a 92-65 defeat on Monday at Joyce Center.

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing Baylor are 1-0
After a win are 8-2

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Brown are 1-0
After playing Chicago State are 1-0
After a win are 7-3

 

A few Wildcats at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
Kentucky is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Kentucky's last 15 games on the road
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Notre Dame is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Notre Dame is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Kentucky
Notre Dame is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kentucky

Next up:
Kentucky home to Baylor, Saturday, December 1
Notre Dame home to Brown, Saturday, December 8