Oklahoma Sooners (6-1) vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1)Date : 12/04/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Joyce Center, South Bend, Indiana
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Oklahoma Sooners vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana, to battle the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Oklahoma Sooners are winners of two straight games after falling to the Wisconsin Badgers on November 22nd as they picked up a 73-57 home win over the Mean Green of North Texas as OU opened up a two-point halftime lead in which to outscore North Texas 44-30 in the second half en route to an all-important victory.
On the other hand, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been outstanding lately in winning four straight games with their last being a win over the Illinois Fighting Illini by a 76-74 score as Notre Dame’s ability to get to the free-throw line certainly paid dividends as they made 24 – 39 for the night while the Fighting Illini only shot 13 – 15 in the contest.
Oklahoma Sooners's Latest Performance :
Despite the Sooners going up by only 2 points at the half versus the North Texas Mean Green in their last outing, North Texas lost their way in the second half as they were outscored by 14 points during this time while ending the game shooting 27% from the floor while also making six of 26 three-point attempts for the night. This has been the mantra for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2018 as their defense has been the tip of the spear in allowing them to pick up wins this season.
The offense for Oklahoma, on the other hand, shot much better in this game as they were 47% from the floor despite only hitting six of 17 attempts from the three-point range. Reserve Miles Reynolds led the team with 17 points for Oklahoma in the contest while Jamuni McNeace pumped in 16 points in the victory for Oklahoma while also having 10 rebounds, as well.
As stated, Oklahoma has been a strong team this year as they have performed well both on the road as well as at home. They will certainly need to bring their A-game for this matchup versus a Notre Dame squad that has been equally as effective on both ends of the floor early on in 2018.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish's Latest Performance :
While the offense for Notre Dame is only shooting 44% on a nightly basis and with the team averaging 77 points per contest, the defense for Notre Dame has certainly been the tip of the spear for this team in 2018 as they are currently allowing teams to score 65 points per game on only 40% shooting. In fact, Notre Dame is allowing teams to score only 59 points in the last four games, overall, as Three out of the four victories were by 9 points or more. Their last outing was their closest, by far, as the Fighting Illini continued to battle Notre Dame for 40 minutes, yet the Irish, led by DJ Harvey along with Temple Gibbs with 19 points each, were able to withstand a late rally by the Fighting Illini while also getting the much-needed victory.
The Irish allowed Illinois to shoot only 46% from the field along with making only 9 of 24 3-point attempts for the night as Aaron Jordan along with Giorgi Bezhanishvil led the team with 23 and 22 points for Illinois as they were the only double-digit scores for the night. In all, Notre Dame will certainly look to take this confidence and momentum into this home matchup versus a tough Oklahoma team that has struggled from time to time on the offensive end in 2018, yet, possesses one of the most dangerous defenses in the country that allows just 65 points per game on a mere 37% shootings.
How Oklahoma Sooners & Notre Dame Fighting Irish Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Oklahoma is 5 – 1 ATS while the OU is 2-5
Notre Dame is 3 – 4 ATS while the OU is 3 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
It will be interesting to see how both teams perform in this matchup as you will certainly have two solid defenses is squaring up against two offenses that have a tendency to struggle at times, yet, possesses the talent and experience in which to pick up critical baskets at pivotal points in games. With that being the case, look for this to be an up-and-down contest from start to finish as I see both teams looking to push the pace in which to pick up some early baskets in transition.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
My reason for the pick :
Look for the defense of Oklahoma to keep the team in this game versus a tough Notre Dame Fighting Irish squad on Tuesday night. Nonetheless, I will back the home team, overall, as Notre Dame has the much more reliable offense at this point in the season along with a decent defensive unit that plays outstanding defense on a nightly basis. With that being said, look for the home team to push the pace versus a defensive-minded Oklahoma team in this contest to much success, while their defense will neutralize an already inconsistent offense for the Sooners throughout.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in five of the last six games for the Oklahoma Sooners while also being the result in four of the last six games for the Fighting Irish as well. With that being the case, look for the trends to continue in this matchup as I see both teams hunkering down in the defensive end for much of the game in which to prevent both offenses from gaining any type of momentum.
Betting trends for Oklahoma Sooners:
- The Sooners are 5-1 ATS the last six games
- The under is 5-1 in Sooners last 6 games
Betting trends for Notre Dame Fighting Irish:
- The Fighting Irish are 2-4 ATS in last 6 games
- The over is 4-2 in Fighting Irish last six games