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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Louisville Cardinals Betting Preview

Louisville CardinalsNotre Dame Fighting Irish
March 9, 9:25 PM | Madison Square Garden

Louisville Cardinals vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds

24-9TEAM RECORD22-10

Louisville pays a visit to Notre Dame on Friday, hoping to send the Fighting Irish to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Madison Square Garden.

This is a conference playoff game in the Big East Tournament. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Madison Square Garden.

Supporters of the Cardinals have watched them go 24-9 and 16-13-1 ATS on the year, while the Fighting Irish are at 22-10 and 12-14 ATS. In totals betting, the Fighting Irish are 9-17, while the Cardinals have a 13-16-1 mark.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 51-ranked Fighting Irish and the No. 9-rated Cardinals in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 73-71 win for the Cardinals on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Notre Dame's No. 194 nationally ranked offense (67 points per game) against a Cardinals defense that sits as the No. 54 at 62 PPG. The Fighting Irish have been averaging 43.4% from the field, more than the Cardinals have managed so far this season (42.3% on average).

Defensively, Louisville features the nation's No. 96-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.8 points per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, comes in at No. 97 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Louisville was an 84-71 winner on the road against Marquette. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Louisville earned an 84-71 victory over Marquette on Thursday, getting 20 points from Kyle Kuric at Madison Square Garden.

Notre Dame was a 57-53 winner in its last match at home against South Florida. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. Notre Dame got 12 points from Jerian Grant en route to a 57-53 victory over South Florida on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.