In College Basketball, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are set to take on the Louisville Cardinals. Both teams come into the game ranked in the Top 25 of the Associated Press poll. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are fighting for a conference title, and are 23-7 on the season. The Irish trail North Carolina by a game in the conference standings.
For Louisville, they are coming off a loss to Wake Forest. The loss dropped them into a tie for third in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. The Cardinals started the week 8th in the Associated Press poll. Louisville is 23-7 on the season. The point spread for this game is the Louisville Cardinals -4.5 over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday.
Cardinals led by Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell is the top scorer for the Louisville Cardinals. The guard is scoring just shy of 16 points per game. The Cardinals as a team are scoring 77.8 points per game. The defense for Louisville is 38th in the country, allowing just over 65 points per game. In the most recent loss for Louisville, they allowed the Demon Deacons to score 88 points.
Louisville came into the Atlantic Coast Conference season with just one loss. That loss came to the Baylor Bears. The Cardinals are going to play in the NCAA Tournament for the 42nd time in school history. Louisville has been to the NCAA Final Four 10 times, and have 75 tournament wins in history.
Fighting Irish with Solid Resume
Mike Brey and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a pretty impressive resume heading into March Madness. The Fighting Irish have 23 wins, with 12 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. During non conference action, the Fighting Irish picked up their best win over the Northwestern Wildcats.
The Fighting Irish in Atlantic Coast Conference play already notched a win over Louisville, and they also downed Florida State. Notre Dame is led in scoring by Bonzie Colson. The forward is scoring just shy of 17 points per game. The Fighting Irish are scoring 79 points per game, while allowing opponents over 69.
Cardinals Edge Irish
The Louisville Cardinals need to grab a win in this game, and have a shot at the double bye when the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament starts. The Cardinals have been an interesting team, because they have the ability to not only score, but at times really defend. This should be a pretty fun game, but Louisville should win at home.
Mike Brey has done a great job with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This team is far less talented from top to bottom than the rest of the big dogs at the top of the conference standings. Notre Dame will compete strong in this game, but when push comes to shove, the Louisville Cardinals win. Bet the Louisville Cardinals -4.5 over Notre Dame.
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