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NCAA hoops odds preview - Notre Dame vs. Indiana

Notre Dame Fighting IrishIndiana Hoosiers
7-3December 14, 2013, 03:15 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse8-2

The Indiana Hoosiers will try to cover the spread at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday when they get a visit from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in NCAA basketball action.

This season, the Hoosiers are 8-2 overall and 6-3 ATS, while the Fighting Irish are 7-3 and 2-5-1 ATS. As for the totals, Indiana boasts a 4-5 on the OU, and Notre Dame is 5-3.

View Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Indiana Hoosiers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Hoosiers in this one found them listed as -2-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Fighting Irish was expected to move the line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 18-ranked Hoosiers and the No. 36-rated Fighting Irish in this matchup.

In their last action, Notre Dame was a 73-69 loser at home against North Dakota State. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Notre Dame got 21 points from Pat Connaughton but lost anyway, 73-69, to North Dakota State on Wednesday at Joyce Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Indiana has the nation's No. 32-rated offensive output, at 82.7 PPG. The visiting Fighting Irish defense ranks No. 121 allowing on average 69.5 PPG. The Hoosiers FG% has averaged 46.02% so far, less than the Fighting Irish marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.91% per game.

A few Fighting Irish at Hoosiers trends to consider:
Notre Dame is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Notre Dame is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Notre Dame's last 5 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Indiana is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
Indiana is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Notre Dame

Next up:
Notre Dame home to Ohio State, Saturday, December 21st
Indiana at Nicholls State, Friday, December 20th