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Big East Tournament - Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview

Rutgers Scarlet KnightsNotre Dame Fighting Irish
March 13, 9:00 PM | Madison Square Garden

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds

15-15TEAM RECORD23-8

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Wednesday when the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers hit the hard court against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

The Big East Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Madison Square Garden).

The Fighting Irish sit at 23-8 (14-14 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Scarlet Knights are currently 15-15 (14-13 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Notre Dame is 13-12 OU, and Rutgers is 9-15 OU.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 46 (Fighting Irish) and the No. 155 (Scarlet Knights) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 74-66 result in favor of the Fighting Irish has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Notre Dame's No. 96-ranked scoring average of 70.7 PPG, against a Scarlet Knights defense rated No. 166 and allowing 66.1 PPG. The Fighting Irish FG% has averaged 47% to date this season, more than the Scarlet Knights shooters have managed so far (44.3% per game).

Defensively, Rutgers features the nation's No. 123-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.5 points per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, comes in at No. 83 nationally in scoring at home.

Rutgers won its last outing, a 76-57 result against DePaul on March 12. They covered in that game as a 3-point favorite. The Scarlet Knights got a 20-point performance from Wally Judge, who added 10 rebounds, as Rutgers ran past DePaul 76-57 on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

Notre Dame lost its last outing, a 73-57 result against Louisville on March 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 11.5-point underdog. Notre Dame got 14 points from Garrick Sherman but lost anyway, 73-57, to Louisville on Saturday at KFC Yum! Center.