Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Miami Hurricanes, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH MIAMI HURRICANES
14-2 January 12, 7:00 PM | BankUnited Center 11-3

When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 12, 2017
Where: Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Florida
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread MoneyLine Total
Notre Dame Fighting Irish  +4.5 -110  +135 139.0 -110
Miami Hurricanes  -4.5 -110  -155 139.0 -110
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Miami Hurricanes will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at BankUnited Center.

ABOUT NOTRE DAME (14-2, 3-0 ACC): With a starting five that includes two seniors and three juniors, the Irish are one of the nation’s most efficient offensive teams, ranking No. 1 in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.89) and free-throw shooting (84 percent) and No. 17 in 3-point field-goal percentage (40.2) percent while averaging 82.3 points. Guards Steve Vasturia (15.0 points), the much-improved Matt Farrell (14.0, team-leading 5.4 assists) and forward VJ Beachem (14.6), who is coming off a 22-point game against Clemson, have combined to hit 102 shots from beyond the arc to fuel the high-octane offense and open up the lane for forward Bonzie Colson. The senior leads the Irish in scoring (16.4) while ranking No. 9 in the country in rebounding (10.8).

ABOUT MIAMI (11-3, 1-1): Miami’s offense, and leading scorers Ja’Quan Newton (15.2 points, 4.1 assists) and Davon Reed (14.0) in particular, had trouble finding open shots against the Orange with the junior point guard shooting 3-of-12 while turning the ball over four times and the senior going 2-of-11. The one bright spot in the loss was freshman D.J. Vasiljevic, Miami’s 3-point specialist, who came off the bench to shoot 6-of-12 from long distance on his way to scoring a career-high 18 points. The Hurricanes, who usually have a big edge at the foul line because of their ability to limit their foes’ attempts, have suddenly gone ice cold, hitting only 50 percent of their free-throw attempts over the past three games, including their woeful 20 percent performance against the Orange.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Hurricanes listed as 4.5-point favorites versus the Fighting Irish, while the game’s total is sitting at 139 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Notre Dame attempts to start 4-0 in conference play for the first time in program history when the No. 20 Fighting Irish visit Miami on Thursday night. Notre Dame, which is coming off a home victory against Clemson, is 3-0 for the second time as a member of the ACC but never started with four straight league wins in the ACC or during their time in the Big East.

Notre Dame needed strong finishes in all three ACC victories, outscoring their foes 25-6 in the final combined 6:42 to defeat Pittsburgh (78-77 in overtime), No. 15 Louisville (77-70) and Clemson (75-70). “We know how to finish and we know how to take people’s hearts,” Irish coach Mike Brey told reporters after the victory over the Tigers. “We have had three physically and emotionally demanding wins. We’ve put ourselves in great position. Now we go into road dog mode. I’m excited to go on the road with these guys because they are winners.” The Hurricanes, who have won 21 games in a row at home, play for the first time in eight days after struggling on both ends of the floor in a 70-55 loss at Syracuse that ended a seven-game winning streak. The Hurricanes shot 38.9 percent from the field and made 2-of-10 foul shots while the Orange hit a sizzling 56.8 percent against a Miami team that ranked No. 16 in Division I in field-goal percentage defense (38.4) through Tuesday’s games.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 70-55 loser as they battled Orange on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a -2.5-point favorite.

Notre Dame was a 75-70 winner in their most recent outing at home against Tigers. They covered the -4-point spread as favorites.

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Notre Dame:
Team record: 14-2 SU,6-3-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Notre Dame is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Notre Dame’s last 6 games on the road

Miami:
Team record: 11-3 SU,4-9 ATS
Miami is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Notre Dame at Virginia Tech Saturday, January 14
Miami at Pittsburgh Saturday, January 14

NCAA HOOPS UPDATES
1. The Hurricanes defeated the Irish twice last season to tie the series at 10.

2. Farrell is averaging 11.4 points more than he did last season as a sophomore.

3. Miami freshman G Bruce Brown is proving to be a versatile player for Jim Larranaga, ranking third on the team in scoring (10.4 points), second in assists (3.2) and second in rebounds (7.3)

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Notre Dame Fighting Irish will cover the spread at +4.5 and the game will go over 139 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Notre Dame 73, Miami 69 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
ND TEAM MIAMI
82.3 PTS FOR 73.6
66.7 PTS AGNST 59.7
15.6 DIFF. 13.9
26.1 DEF REBOUNDS 26.5
10.5 OFF REBOUNDS 12.7
47.4 FG% 46.7
84.0 FT% 70.3
10.1 3 POINTERS 6.4
7.3 STEALS 7.4
INJURIES
NOTRE DAME
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
MIAMI
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Notre Dame’s last 6 games on the road
Notre Dame is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
MIAMI
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Miami is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Notre Dame
Miami is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Notre Dame
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Notre Dame’s Overall Scoring vs Miami’s Overall Defense 82.3 32 59.7 7
Notre Dame’s Away Scoring vs Miami’s Home Defense 76.8 47 58.6 15
Notre Dame’s Road Rebounds vs Miami’s Home Rebounds Allowed 32.4 274 31.9 76
Miami’s Overall Scoring vs Notre Dame’s Overall Defense 73.6 198 66.7 73
Miami’s Home Scoring vs Notre Dame’s Road Defense 75.0 232 77.2 215
Miami’s Home Rebounds vs Notre Dame’s Road Rebounds Allowed 40.0 98 38.6 256
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame leads the league in free throw percentage with 84.0.
Notre Dame allows the highest free throw percentage at 78.8% per game.
MIAMI
No trends to report
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
ND 47.4 39.7 7.7
MIAMI 46.7 38.4 8.3
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
ND 10.5 26.1 36.6
MIAMI 12.7 26.5 39.2
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
ND 17.8 9.4 1.9
MIAMI 12.1 13.4 0.9

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