NCAAB Betting: Duke at Notre Dame Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 15, 2020 in

For many of the top conferences in the country, this week starts the slate of conference games. This is true for the ACC, as year in and year out they are one of, if not the top basketball conference in the country. Even though this is a down year for the ACC, they still have at least four teams that should be playing in the NCAA Tournament. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming Duke Vs Notre Dame showdown so you can bet against their College Basketball odds.

NCAA Basketball Betting Analysis – #10 Duke at Notre Dame

Big Matchup

Two storied programs will collide on Wednesday night, as Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils will travel to the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana to take on his former assistant, Mike Brey and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Neither program has had the season that they’d like to have up to this point, as neither of them have a winning record as of now.

Notre Dame sports a 2-2 record. With losses to perennial powers Michigan State and Ohio State, the Irish have played a very formidable non conference schedule. They own victories over Detroit, and this past Saturday the Irish went into Lexington and upset the Kentucky Wildcats.

As for Duke, they also have a 2-2 record. In something that hasn’t happened in many years, the Blue Devils have lost two non-conference games at home. They were beaten by Michigan State, and then they were defeated by Illinois in the Big 10-ACC Challenge. The Blue Devils own victories over Coppin State and Bellarmine.

Notre Dame has had a lot of turnover in this year’s roster. They lost a majority of their scoring from last year’s squad that finished the season 20-12. Prentiss Hubb is Mike Brey’s leading returning scorer. The point guard will be in charge of the offense once again this season and hopes to improve upon the 12 points and 5 assists that he averaged last season. Coach Brey’s offense will have a lot of movement, and the Irish will look to use most of the shot clock on each possession to limit the other team’s offense. The Irish will throw numerous defensive looks at their opponents.

As for Duke, they also lost a lot of scoring from last year’s team. This is also the first time since 2012 that the Blue Devils won’t have a top-10 freshman recruit on the floor. The Blue Devils are led by point guard Jordan Goldwire, and a pair of five-star sophomores in Wendell Moore Jr., and Matthew Hurt. Over the last few years, it’s been rare that Duke’s top recruits have stayed past their freshman season.

Early in the season, the Blue Devils have struggled to score. Duke seems to be lacking a perimeter shooting aspect to their offense, and they’ve had to rely on their athleticism to get to the rim to score. Duke also is lacking a dominant big man, and that has also hurt their scoring ability.

Great Matchup to Start ACC

This should be a very good matchup. Notre Dame has the momentum after beating Kentucky on Saturday, but you know you’re always in for a battle when Coach K. comes to town. Everyone will be ready for the start of ACC basketball!