ACC foes will collide when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (16-10, 7-8 ACC) square off with the Miami Hurricanes (14-12, 6-10 ACC) at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 23, 2020, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
Miami Hurricanes at Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Preview
The last time the Hurricanes played, they defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies, 102-95. Isaiah Wong was the top scorer from either team with 27 points on 6-for-16 shooting. Miami dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.367 (above their season average of 0.223) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.9 (above their season average of 25.1). Virginia Tech recorded marks of 0.279 and 24.5, respectively, for those same stats.
The Fighting Irish hope to keep it rolling after narrowly defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in their last game, 77-76. John Mooney had a good outing for Notre Dame, recording 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Fighting Irish had a turnover percentage of 7.8 (better than their season average of 12.5) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.532 (above their season average of 0.501).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Hurricanes won the only contest last season, 62-47. The Hurricanes played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 13.5 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.468. For those same stats, the Fighting Irish recorded marks of 19.2 and 0.357, respectively.
Notre Dame could put on a ball-control clinic in this battle. Notre Dame ranks first in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 14.1 percent), while Miami forces the 78th-fewest turnovers (17.8 percent).
Miami vs. Notre Dame ATS Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Notre Dame, ATS Winner – Miami, O/U – Under
The Fighting Irish average 3.8 blocks per game, which ranks 60th in the country. The Hurricanes rank 168th in blocks allowed per game (4.4).
Notre Dame ranks eighth in assists per game (16.8) while Miami ranks 269th (10.3).
The Fighting Irish rank 75th in rebounds per game (37.6) while the Hurricanes rank 270th in rebounds allowed per game (38.4).
Notre Dame ranks 12th in three pointers attempted per game (28.3) while Miami ranks 166th (21.5).
The Fighting Irish have been outscored by an average of 4.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Notre Dame has defeated opponents by an average of 5.6 points.
During their last five games, the Hurricanes have scored an average of 82.2 points per game (9.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 77.8 points per game (3.2 above their season average).