*) , , . . . . . . . . . . (*_) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Predictions & Picks The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to face off in a First Four Matchup. Neither team has home advantage in the playoffs. However, Notre Dame may have a large contingent of South Bend fans.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish enjoyed an outstanding season in the ACC, but they were unable to beat the best conference teams.
They had an unusually short seven-man rotation during the regular season, which may be shorter for this game.
Even though Notre Dame lacks depth, they still won 15 games in conference play. The Fighting Irish are led by guards Blake Wesley and Dana Goodwin and forward Paul Atkinson Jr. Wesley is a shooter who averages 14.6 points per game; Wesley is not the strongest shooter but does well enough to lead his team in scoring. After Wesley, Dana Goodwin scores the next most points at 13.9 per game.
Goodwin is much more efficient and hits over 50% of his total shots and almost 45% of his three-point attempts. Paul Atkinson Jr. Atkinson Jr. earns a living rebounding and shooting near the hoops. He grabs seven rebounds a game and shoots 57.8% from the field.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights didn’t play well this season against Big Ten rivals. They went 12-8 but played well enough to make March Madness. The Scarlet Knights’ guard Ron Harper Jr., the son of NBA Champion Ron Harper, and their center Clifford Omoruyi are leading them. Harper Jr. is the top scorer on a Rutgers squad that struggles to score; he averages 15.6 points on 43.4% shooting. Omoruyi is an excellent rebounder and shoots very well inside the basket.
He grabs 7.9 boards per game and scores 11.8 points on 61.8% shooting. Rutgers might struggle to score but have a stronger rotation than Notre Dame so I believe they will win.
Rutgers beats Notre Dame 66-63. Rutgers covers, Under 131 points.
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Head-to-Head: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Notre Dame Head-to-Head Rutgers Mike Brey Head Coach Steve Pikiell 22-10 (15-5, 3rd in ACC) Standing 18-13 (12-8, 6th in Big Ten) Leader (Per Game) Blake Wesley (14.6) PPG Ron Harper Jr. (15.6) Paul Atkinson Jr. (7.0) RPG Clifford Omoruyi (7.9) Prentiss Hubb (4.0) APG Paul Mulcahy (5.3) Blake Wesley (1.2) SPG Caleb McConnell (2.2) Paul Atkinson Jr. (0.6) BPG Clifford Omoruyi (1.3) Paul Atkinson Jr. (. 578) FG% Clifford Omoruyi (. 618) Nate Laszewski (. 460) 3P% Ron Harper Jr. (. 390)
Why Might the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Win?
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish is just barely an underdog in this game. To make it past the first round, they must play up to their strengths. Notre Dame should protect the rim from fouls.
Notre Dame is a good defensive team, but it doesn’t protect the rim well. They average only 1.9 shots per game and do not possess any shot-blockers. This team must step up and defend the rim. Rutgers has a heavy guard team so this should not prove difficult.
Notre Dame uses a seven-man rotation. This rotation was successful during the regular season but things change in the playoffs. Notre Dame is likely to lose one or more of these seven players. To have a chance, the Fighting Irish must avoid fouling.
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Why might the Rutgers Scarlet Knights win?
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have the edge, but it is possible to win this match. Rutgers must tire Notre Dame out and win the rebounding match.
Notre Dame has a limited rotation so Rutgers must outrun them to make them tired. Notre Dame may have to switch to less-used players if they succeed. These less-used players are often not equipped with the necessary experience for such games.
Rutgers may not be the best rebounding team but it isn’t terrible. They average 35.4 rebounds per game. To win, they must crash the boards and win rebounding. The team that has more rebound wins the game.
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Fighting Irish Key Player (G) Prentiss hubb
Guard Prentisshubb isn’t a star player. His average game stats are 9.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. He also has four assists. However, he is the starting point guard and plays over 33 minutes per game.
Hubb isn’t a great shooter, so it doesn’t matter. He runs the Notre Dame offense and played a large part in their 15 conference wins this season. He has provided invaluable support to the Fighting Irish, and he will be an invaluable player in this match.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights key player: (F. Ron Harper Jr .
Forward Ron Harper Jr. plays a critical role in this Rutgers team. His consistent scoring is the best on a team that has no other consistent scorers. He scores 15.6 points per game and shoots well from all over the floor.
Harper Jr. must take the Scarlet Knights’ place in this game. It doesn’t matter how he does it, but I want him to be on a mission. Bet on NCAAB here!
How to Watch Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Information What Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Where UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio When Wednesday, March 16, 9: 10 PM EST How to Watch truTV