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Sweet 16 Odds: Irish vs. Wichita State

The seventh-seeded Wichita State Shockers have already accomplished more in this NCAA Tournament than they did as an unbeaten team a year ago. The Shockers are headed to the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Region where they will face the third-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Cleveland.

And bettors are supporting the Shockers, as the line has climbed to -2 at Bovada in a rare case where a 7 seed is favored against a 3 seed.

Last year, No. 1 seed and previously unbeaten Wichita State was upset by the eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats as 4.5-point favorites in the Round of 32, and now the school is hoping for a rematch in the Midwest Regional Final.

[ What are the odds of each team winning the Region? What is Wichita States's long-shot line to win it all? Check out Bovada for the latest. ]

First though, the Fighting Irish will have something to say about that as they go for their eighth consecutive win. They are 5-2 against the spread in their past seven games, with both non-covers coming in the Big Dance. Notre Dame has won its first two games of the tournament by a combined five points after edging the sixth-seeded Butler Bulldogs 67-64 in overtime as 4.5-point favorites on Saturday.

The Shockers are coming off a 78-65 upset win of the second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday behind 19 points from Tekele Cotton in a pick’em game according to oddsmakers. They trailed 24-16 early on against the Jayhawks but were able to rally back to beat their in-state rivals by shooting 50 percent from three-point range (10-of-20).

Wichita State Shockers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 31-5 so far on the season, and 15-13 ATS vs the number. The Wichita State Shockers, meanwhile, are 30-4 and 18-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Notre Dame go 13-13 and the Wichita State Shockers go 17-13 on betting totals.

This game puts the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, most recently No. 87 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wichita State Shockers, who rate No. 4 in the latest survey.

How Wichita State Shockers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Stats Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Notre Dame's No. 10-ranked scoring average of 78.22 PPG, against a Wichita State Shockers defense rated No. 6 and allowing 56.68 PPG. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish FG% has averaged 50.95% to date this season, more than the Wichita State Shockers shooters have managed so far (44.65% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Shockers grabbed a 78-65 win over the Jayhawks on Sunday, behind a 19-point effort from Tekele Cotton at CenturyLink Center.

The Fighting Irish got 20 points from Steve Vasturia as Notre Dame ran past Butler 67-64 on Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Sweet 16 Betting Trends:

WSU lost just twice since Christmas Day

WSU 14-3 ATS since 2010 as fave of 1-3 points

Notre Dame 6-2 ATS past eight as underdogs

Notre Dame 0-8 ATS past eight Madness games

WSU 7-2 ATS past nine Madness games

Past two 3 vs 7 matchups won by 7s (UConn 2014, Florida 2012)

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