Tuesday evening college basketball action and we will see a pair of teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference square off as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish grapple with the Louisville Cardinals at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Notre Dame enters this game at 9-11, while the Cardinals come in at 11-5.
Notre Dame Collapse AgainstThe Notre Dame Fighting Irish have not had the season they were expecting, but the reality is that they lost a ton of talent from last year's solid squad. Notre Dame had been playing much better, and they went into their latest game with Syracuse having won six of their previous eight games. That stretch included a road win over Duke. Notre Dame was 9-10 heading into their game with the Cuse, and they build a 20 point lead in the game. It looked like the Irish were off to a comfortable win, but then the 2nd half was played, and the threes stopped falling. Notre Dame hit 10 of them in the first half but just two after the break. The Orange defense stepped up, and the offense chipped away until Syracuse eventually won 75-67.
Overall, the Irish shot 49% from the field, including 39% (12/31) from long range in the loss. Notre Dame was just 2/18 from long range in the 2nd half. Getting their three-point shooting back on track in this one could be tough as the Cardinals are one of the nation's best teams at defending the arc. Leading their attack was Trey Wertz, who had 17 points while Dane Goodwin had 13. The defense was not good as the Orange shot 44% from the field overall, including 45% (10/22) from long range. It was a crushing loss for a Notre Dame team that still hoped to make a late push for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Notre Dame enters this game ranked 146th in scoring at 72.6 ppg, 53rd in shooting (46.9%), 26th in three-point shooting (38.1%), and 25th in free throw shooting at 77.1%. On defense, they are 224th in points allowed, giving up 72.0 ppg, 191st in defensive FG% (43.6%), and 301st in three-point defense (36.3%).
Louisville Gets Obliterated By The HellsThe Louisville Cardinals have been very inconsistent of late after a hot start. The Cardinals began the season at 9-1, but they have sputtered of late, going just 2-4 over their last six games. Louisville had a horrendous outing in their last game as they fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels on the road by a score of 99-54. The defense had been one of the better in the ACC this year, but they allowed 99 points on 61% shooting overall, including 44% (8/18) from long range. The Cardinals had allowed just 59.0 ppg over their previous three games.
The offense has struggled of late as the Orange have averaged just 62.6 ppg over their last five games, after putting up 71.2 ppg through their first 11 games. The offense was completely a mess against the Tar Heels as the Cards shots just 33% from the field overall, and they were just 1/16 from long range. They will need to get their three-point shooting back on track here, especially if Notre Dame starts hitting their threes. Leading the attack, if you can call it that, was leading scorer Carlik Jones (17.1 ppg), who had 13 and was their only player to score in double-figures. Louisville needs to get their act together or they will not be having a good seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. Louisville has also won their last five games against the Irish.
Louisville enters this game ranked 256th in scoring at 68.5 ppg, 170th in shooting (44.3%), 303rd in three-point shooting (30.3%), and 120th in free throw shooting at 70.4%. On defense, they are 76th in points allowed, giving up 66.4 ppg, 103rd in defensive FG% (41.7%), and 76th in three-point defense (31.5%).
Notre Dame is:
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
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- 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record