Notre Dame vs. Louisville Basketball Pick

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish
vs.
Louisville Cardinals

Date/Time: March 9th, 4:00 pm ET

Television: CBS

College Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Louisville -12

Total: 125

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Basketball Betting Game Trends

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Notre Dame’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Louisville
  • Notre Dame is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Louisville
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Notre Dame’s last 23 games on the road

Louisville Cardinals

  • Louisville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Notre Dame
  • Louisville is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Notre Dame
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Louisville’s last 9 games when playing Notre Dame
  • Louisville is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville’s last 5 games at home

 

NCAA Basketball Pick – March 9th

The Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish played to an epic five-overtime thriller in South Bend when they met the first time this year. Now, the two are back at it in college basketball betting action on Saturday at KFC Yum! Arena.

Notre Dame knows that it is dancing at this point, something that it wasn’t so sure of when it took to the court against the Cardinals the first time around this year. The Irish have only been beaten twice since that point, road games against the Providence Friars and the Marquette Golden Eagles. Neither loss was damning by any stretch of the imagination, but both give an eerie feeling to this game. The Cardinals are a great home team, and they don’t lose here often, so winning this one against a great club could be tough. We know that defense is going to be the key for Notre Dame. The final tally says that the squad allowed 101 points against Louisville the first time around, but that total was only 60 through the first 40 minutes of the game. If you just count regulation over the course of the last 10 games, the Fighting Irish are allowing just 60.7 points per game since January 7th, which is a real change from a team that was allowing well over 65 points per game leading up to that point in the season.

Louisville has its sights set on a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament, and we figure that it is going to need at least three wins between now and the end of the Big East Tournament to get there. Four would probably make it a mortal lock. The Cards have played well since that five-OT thriller, and in fact, they have played quite well in their last 10 games in total. The only SU loss in that mix was the one against the Irish, and if you take that game out, the ‘Ville is 9-0 SU and 6-3 ATS since January 28th. We know that this is a team that is stellar from top to bottom; there is a reason why Louisville is outscoring teams by 15.6 points per game this season in spite of the fact that it is only shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from long range on the campaign. It’s not a very deep team at times though, and G Russ Smith and G Peyton Siva often have to carry the load.

Prediction:

That being said, there’s too much on the line right now for the Cardinals to not come to play full bore in this one. This is a big opportunity to get a leg up on the rest of the competition for those top spots in the country, and especially after the five-OT disaster in South Bend, this should be revenge. Louisville 68 – Notre Dame 59

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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