It’s a battle of ACC teams on the hardwood in the Hoosier State in the shadow of the Golden Dome. The Boston College Eagles are on the road as they travel to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Saturday afternoon. Boston College took an 82-64 defeat to Northwestern at home in their matchup in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Wednesday night. Notre Dame was crunched 72-51 by #3 Maryland on the road in their ACC/Big Ten Challenge contest Wednesday night. The Fighting Irish leads the all-time series 23-10 between the teams and have won the last 13 matchups. That includes a 79-73 road win in the most recent matchup on February 2, 2019.
Boston College Eagles Looking to Get Back on TrackBoston College suffered a fourth straight defeat as they were upended at home by Northwestern in their last game. The Eagles hope to get back on track here as they try to improve to 2-0 in conference play. Boston College led by one with nine minutes to play in the first half before giving up a 16-0 run over the next six minutes to trail 35-20. The Eagles failed to get closer than 10 the rest of the way. Boston College shot 44.8 percent from the field, including eight of 27 from three-point range, while losing the rebounding battle 38-21. The Eagles also allowed Northwestern to shoot 58.2 percent from the field in the contest. Jairus Hamilton led Boston College with 12 points in the loss.
The Eagles come into this contest 317th in scoring offense with an average of 66.2 points per game. Boston College is 336th in rebounding by pulling down 33.6 rebounds per game while ranking 204th by dishing out 13.3 assists per contest. The Eagles are 168th in scoring defense as they limit the opposition to 68.1 points per game. Derryck Thornton contributes 14.8 points and 4.1 assists per contest to lead the team this season. Nik Popovic chips in 11.8 points plus 5.9 rebounds per game while Jay Heath chips in 12.5 points a night. Jared Hamilton, CJ Felder, Steffon Mitchell and Julian Rishwain are important pieces for Boston College as far as logging double-digit minutes a night goes. Boston College shoots 41.3 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Eagles are knocking down seven triples a night while shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc. Boston College has been mediocre at the free throw line, sinking 67.7 percent of their attempts.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Seeking to Bounce BackNotre Dame had won six straight before getting walloped by #3 Maryland in their contest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Fighting Irish’s two losses this season have come to top-10 teams so they have a good shot at evening their conference mark here. Notre Dame led 9-4 less than five minutes into the game before getting outscored 28-11 the rest of the first half. The Fighting Irish didn’t get closer than 11 in the second half of the game. Notre Dame shot only 29 percent from the field, including seven of 25 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 48-39. John Mooney led the Fighting Irish with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
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The Fighting Irish stands tied for 181st in the nation in scoring offense as they average 72.4 points per game. Notre Dame is 36th with 41.6 rebounds per contest while the team is tied for 40th by dishing out 16.4 assists a night. The Fighting Irish stands 63rd in scoring defense as they allow 62.5 points per game this year. Prentiss Hubb, who puts up 10.3 points plus 4.3 assists per game on the year, is third on the team in scoring. John Mooney chips in a team-high 14.7 points plus 12.9 rebounds per contest, TJ Gibbs adds 10.5 points plus 3.3 assists a night while Dane Goodwin puts up 10.3 points a night. Juwan Durham, Nate Laszewski and Rex Pfleuger are key rotation pieces for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame shoots 40.2 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Fighting Irish connects on eight three-pointers a night while shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc. Notre Dame is mediocre at the charity stripe, cashing in 68.5 percent of their chances this season. Robby Carmody suffered an ACL injury against Maryland and is expected to miss the rest of the year.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games
- Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Fighting Irish are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Fighting Irish are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss