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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Fighting Irish over Blue Hens

Delaware Blue HensNotre Dame Fighting Irish
5-3December 07, 2013, 04:00 | Joyce Center5-2

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish host Delaware on Saturday, looking to build on their 5-2 mark against the 5-3 Blue Hens in college hoops action at Joyce Center.

The Blue Hens will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 2-0 ATS against the number this season, while the Fighting Irish are 2-2-1 ATS. Delaware is 2-0 on the totals; Notre Dame is 5-0.

View Delaware Blue Hens vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as -12-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Fighting Irish sit at No. 39 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blue Hens sit at No. 198 on the same chart.

Delaware was an 85-80 winner in its last match on the road against Charleston Southern. Delaware got 29 points from Kyle Anderson en route to an 85-80 victory over Charleston Southern on Tuesday at CSU Field House.

Last time out for Notre Dame, they were a 98-93 loser as they battled Iowa on the road. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. Garrick Sherman went off for 29 points and added 9 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Iowa handed Notre Dame a 98-93 defeat at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Notre Dame's No. 19 nationally ranked offense (85 points per game) against a Blue Hens defense that sits as the No. 227 at 77.5 PPG. The Fighting Irish have been averaging 50.35% from the field, more than the Blue Hens have managed so far this season (46.04% on average).

A few Blue Hens at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
Delaware is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Delaware is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Notre Dame is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Notre Dame is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Delaware at North Dakota State, Monday, December 16th
Notre Dame at Bryant, Monday, December 9th