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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Duke Blue Devils Betting Matchup Report

Duke Blue DevilsNotre Dame Fighting Irish
11-2January 04, 2014, 04:00 | Joyce Center9-4

The Duke Blue Devils will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Fighting Irish in Notre Dame at Joyce Center on Saturday in college basketball action.

Notre Dame battles the Blue Devils, currently sitting with a 11-2 mark (8-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-4 for the Fighting Irish and 5-8 for the Blue Devils.

View Duke Blue Devils vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Duke before tip-off in this one found them as -3.5-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Fighting Irish at No. 60 and the Blue Devils at No. 7 heading into this contest.

Duke won its last outing, an 86-48 result against Elon on December 31. They covered in that game as a 16.5-point favorite. Elon was crushed on Tuesday, getting blown out by Duke and falling by an 86-48 score at Greensboro Coliseum.

Notre Dame won its last outing, an 87-81 result against Canisius on December 29. They failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point favorite. Notre Dame got 30 points from Eric Atkins en route to an 87-81 victory over Canisius on Sunday at Joyce Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Notre Dame's No. 35-ranked offense, averaging 80.08 PPG, against a Blue Devils defense that ranks No. 120 at 68.85 PPG. The Fighting Irish field goal percentage has averaged 47.53% so far, less than the Blue Devils marksmen have achieved on the year, 50.2% per game.

A few Blue Devils at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
Duke is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Duke's last 7 games
Duke is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Notre Dame is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Notre Dame is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Notre Dame's last 6 games
Notre Dame is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Duke home to Georgia Tech, Tuesday, January 7th
Notre Dame at North Carolina State, Tuesday, January 7th