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#687 Marshall vs.
#688 Notre Dame
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s a non-conference matchup when Conference USA travels to face an ACC team in the Hoosier State. The Marshall Thundering Herd is on the road as they make the trip to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Friday night. Marshall was walloped 96-70 at home by Toledo in their last game on Sunday in their previous contest. Notre Dame rolled to a 79-50 home victory over Howard Tuesday night in their previous contest. This marks the first time that the two teams have met on the hardwood as Division I teams.

Marshall Thundering Herd Trying to Regroup

Marshall was unable to start the season 2-0 as they were crushed by Toledo in their last game. The Thundering Herd now goes out on the road as they look to regroup after that beating. Marshall was tied about four minutes into the game before giving up a 7-0 run to trail 15-8. The rout was on from there as Toledo took a 21-point halftime lead and cruised from there. Marshall shot 42.6 percent from the field, including six of 23 from three-point range, and was drubbed 43-29 on the glass. Jarrod West and Taevion Kinsey each had 20 points for the Thundering Herd in the loss.

The Thundering Herd is tied for 259th in scoring offense as they average 68.5 points per game. Marshall is tied for 208th in rebounding by pulling down 37 boards per contest and dish out only 8.5 assists per contest on the season. The Thundering Herd is tied for 292nd in scoring defense by allowing 78 points per game on the year. Jarrod West leads Marshall with 20 points plus 3.5 steals per contest on the year. Taevion Kinsey is the only other player scoring in double figures as he averages 16 points per game. Mikel Beyers, Jannson Williams and Cam Brooks-Harris are guys that need to step up and contribute offensively. Marshall is shooting 43.3 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Thundering Herd splashes only five triples per game while shooting a dismal 23.3 percent from beyond the arc. Marshall is struggling at the free throw line, converting only 63.9 percent of their attempts this season.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Shoots for Third Straight Win

Notre Dame won their second straight game after opening the year with a defeat at North Carolina as they rolled past Howard in their previous contest. The Fighting Irish looks for a third straight win here as they face another mid-major team. Notre Dame jumped to a 7-0 lead and never trailed in the game: the closest that Howard got in the game was two at 7-5. The Fighting Irish then went on a 16-4 run to go up 23-9 and didn’t look back in the contest. Notre Dame shot 50.8 percent from the field, including six of 23 from three-point range, and controlled the boards by a 45-32 margin. John Mooney led the Fighting Irish with 18 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in the win.

The Fighting Irish stands 125th in the nation in scoring offense as they average 78.7 points per game. Notre Dame is tied for 149th with 39 rebounds per contest while the team is 27th by dishing out 18.7 assists a night. The Fighting Irish stands tied for 81st in scoring defense as they allow 61 points per game this year. Notre Dame is led by Prentiss Hubb, who puts up 14.7 points plus 4.7 assists per game on the year. John Mooney chips in 12.3 points plus 11.3 rebounds per contest, TJ Gibbs adds 12.3 points plus 4.3 assists a night while Dane Goodwin puts up 10.3 points a night. Robby Carmody, Juwan Durham, Nate Laszewski and Rex Pfleuger are key rotation pieces for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame shoots 47 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Fighting Irish connects on 7.7 three-pointers a night while shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc. Notre Dame is very good at the charity stripe, cashing in 75 percent of their chances this season.

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Marshall was torched by Toledo in their last contest and now has to go on the road to face a Power Five program. While Notre Dame isn’t in that upper echelon of ACC teams this season, they aren’t doormats by any stretch of the imagination. The Fighting Irish has shown character with back to back wins on the books after their season-opening defeat to North Carolina. Mooney comes in off a big showing against Howard and his interior presence is something that Marshall is going to have to try and match. In the end, playing at home, Notre Dame gets the advantage in this one.

Prediction: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -19

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Marshall was lit up by a Toledo team that was beaten by Valparaiso in their opening game. The Thundering Herd has plenty of work to do on the defensive end as they allowed the Rockets to shoot 51.5 percent from the field and knock down a sizzling 14 of 25 three-point attempts in that game. Numbers like that against Notre Dame could have Marshall run out of the building. The Fighting Irish has hit better than 50 percent from the floor in each of their last two games. Will Notre Dame take advantage of Marshall's weak defense and pile up the points here?

The under is 5-1 in the Thundering Herd's last 6 overall, 5-1 in their last 6 non-conference games and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. Notre Dame has seen the under go 5-0-1 in their last 6 Friday games, 5-0 in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 6-1 in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points. Notre Dame gets their points but Marshall struggles, keeping this one just short of the mark.

Prediction: Under 148
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.