College Basketball Pick Notre Dame at Kentucky 12-8-10

December 8, 2010

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#23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #16 Kentucky Wildcats

Wednesday December 8, 2010 9:30 PM EST

Line: Kentucky -5

Notre Dame must now play their first road game as this game will be in Louisville Kentucky as part of the SEC/Big East Invitational. The Fighting Irish do bring in an undefeated record, but now must face their toughest opponent of the year and their first ranked opponent. Kentucky now has 2 loses on the season after losing at UNC 4 days ago. Their other loss was to UConn on a neutral site in late November 84-67. UConn is now ranked #7 in the nation.

Stats to consider:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish:

  • Notre Dame is 8-0.
  • Points per game: 81.8 (22nd)
  • Field Goal PCT: .453 (108th)
  • Rebounds per game: 43.6 (6th)
  • Assists per game: 17.8 (13th)

Kentucky Wildcats:

  • Kentucky is 5-2.
  • Points per game: 78.3 (48th)
  • Field Goal PCT: .463 (68th)
  • Rebounds per game: 40.6 (37th)
  • Assists per game: 13 (175th)

What to watch for:

  • For Notre Dame, they have been lead by Senior G Ben Hansrough. He leads the team with 15.8 PPG and 4 APG.
  • The advantage Notre Dame has is its’ rebounding ability. With 2 players averaging 7+ rebounds, the Wildcats could have their hands full.
  • Kentucky has 2 players averaging more than 17 PPG and 2 players averaging 8.5+ RPG. They are low in APG but have 2 players with more than 3.3 APG.

Sports picks often consider road record. This is technically the first road game for Notre Dame. Their will be a significant amount of Kentucky fans at this game and will be like a home game for the Wildcats. The Wildcats have underachieved as they are a team full of Freshman. They have now played 3 ranked teams on the season while this is the first for Notre Dame. Notre Dame has to go out their and show that they are for real vs a good team. Kentucky isn’t great this year but are still going to be hanging around in the rankings. Look for the Wildcats to try to come out and make a message while Notre Dame has the same thought in mind.

Free College Basketball Pick: Kentucky -5


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