Jordan Nwora has been a star this season for the Louisville Cardinals (a favorite to win the 2020 NCAA Championship) and his matchup against Notre Dame’s (+20,000 to win the tournament) John Mooney is going to be a treat to fans of college basketball. Those two players are among the best not only in the ACC but in the nation. Which player will leads his team to a win in South Bend this weekend?
Betting Preview for the Louisville Cardinals vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish NCAA College Basketball Game on January 11 2020
Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend,
When: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 2:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Louisville Cardinals (11-3 Overall / 2-1 Conference)
The Cardinals are reeling of late, as they suffered consecutive losses to the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington and to the Florida State Seminoles at home. To be fair, both those losses were against ranked teams, though, Louisville also failed to cover the spread in either contests. The Cardinals relied too much on their star, swingman Jordan Nwora in the Florida State game. Nwora scored 32 points on 11-for-15 shooting from the field to go with 10 rebounds, but no other Cardinal had more than 10 points. Louisville’s bench was also outscored massively, 32-8. Still, Louisville should be happy to see Nwora regain his touch after scoring only eight points in the loss to Kentucky. Nwora is the ACC’s top scorer with 21.0 points per game, as of this writing. Outside of Nwora, Louisville’s best asset is its defense that is ranked second in the ACC by KenPom in terms of adjusted defensive efficiency.
Louisville, which allows 61.2 points per game, are 6-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 road games.
Betting on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-4 Overall / 1-2 Conference)
John Mooney was a true difference-maker for Notre Dame in the Fighting Irish’s 88-87 road win over the Syracuse Orange last Saturday. Mooney was all over the court, acting as his team’s workhorse, as he finished with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Efficiency was also the name of Mooney’s game in that contest, as he shot 11 for 21 from the field and committed just a single turnover despite a high usage. Mooney is the nation’s leading rebounder with 13.5 board per game and has managed to extend his streak of double-doubles to eight games. Mooney’s efficiency is reflective of how the Fighting Irish, as a whole, takes care of the ball. Notre Dame is the least prone to errors in the nation with just 9.6 turnovers per game. That despite the fact that they are third in the nation in assists with 18.8 dimes per contest.
Notre Dame, which is averaging 76.1 points per game, is 2-1 ATS in its last three outings at home.
Louisville wins, 68-66.
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