The No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-2) and the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens (4-5), who both like to play slow, will battle at Bob Carpenter Center Acierno Arena. Notre Dame is a 14.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 133.5 points. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Delaware Fightin Blue Hens Free Preview
In the Fighting Irishs last matchup, they lost a tough one against the Ball State Cardinals, 80-77. Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson had a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 26 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Ball State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.1 (above their season average of 24.1). Notre Dame, on the other hand, did a terrific job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (19-26; 73.1 percent).
The Fightin Blue Hens are trying to rebound after their 75-72 loss to the Buffalo Bulls in their last game. Ryan Daly was Delawares high scorer with 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Buffalo held the Fightin Blue Hens to an effective field goal percentage of 0.460 (below their season average of 0.521). Delaware, meanwhile, did a great job of making free throws (14-17; 82.4 percent).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when two of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams battle. Delaware ranks 320th in possessions per game (66.2) and Notre Dame is 308th (67.0) since the 2016-17 season. Moreover, the 23rd-ranked offense of the Fighting Irish (offensive efficiency of 116.4) will square off against the 309th-ranked defense of the Fightin Blue Hens (defensive efficiency of 109.4).
Both of these teams have a tendency to go under the projected point total. Games featuring Notre Dame have gone under 60.0 percent of the time, while Delaware games have finished under 80.0 percent of the time. The Fighting Irish hold a sizable advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 6-2 SU and 3-2 ATS, while the Fightin Blue Hens are 4-5 SU and 2-2-1 ATS.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Delaware Fightin Blue Hens Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Notre Dame, ATS Winner – Notre Dame, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Fighting Irish average 4.0 blocks per game, which ranks 84th in the NCAA. The Fightin Blue Hens rank 148th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
- Notre Dame ranks 28th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while Delaware ranks 87th (5.8).
- Notre Dame ranks 50th in assists per game (15.7) while Delaware ranks 253rd (11.9).
- The Fighting Irish rank 96th in three pointers attempted per game (23.1) while the Fightin Blue Hens rank 244th (18.9).
- Delaware ranks 188th in rebounds per game (35.3) while Notre Dame ranks 255th (33.7).