The UCLA Bruins (7-3) visit Notre Dame to take on the Fighting Irish (7-3) in a matchup that pits phenomenal offense against exceptional defense. The game gets underway at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
UCLA Bruins vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Prediction
In the Bruins’ last matchup, they dismantled the Denver Pioneers, 81-62. The Bruins had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 41.7 (above their season average of 36.6) and had a turnover percentage of 11.3 (better than their season average of 16.8). With 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting, Cody Riley was the game’s high scorer.
The Fighting Irish won big over the Detroit Titans in their last matchup, 110-71. The Fighting Irish had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.739 (above their season average of 0.467) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.7 (above their season average of 27.1). Dane Goodwin was the game’s top scorer with 27 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the field.
UCLA might have a difficult time creating turnovers. Notre Dame ranks fourth in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 14.2 percent), while UCLA forces the 143rd-most turnovers (20.5 percent). Moreover, the Bruins rank 53rd in offensive efficiency (110.3), while the Fighting Irish rank 46th in defensive efficiency (90.4).
After the Bruins won the only contest against the Fighting Irish last season, 65-62, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. UCLA had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (36.7 vs. 20.9). Notre Dame, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (11.5 vs. 13.5).
UCLA Bruins at Notre Dame Fighting Irish ATS Pick
College Basketball Prediction: ATS Winner – UCLA, O/U – Over
Notre Dame ranks 17th in three pointers attempted per game (28.3) while UCLA ranks 260th (16.5).
The Bruins rank 10th in rebounds allowed per game (29.1) while the Fighting Irish rank 233rd (38.8).
UCLA ranks 13th in assists allowed per game (9.3) while Notre Dame ranks 146th (13.1).
The Fighting Irish are 23rd in the NCAA with 5.1 steals allowed per game while the Bruins are 55th with 5.7 steals allowed per game.
UCLA is 39th in the nation with 2.7 blocks allowed per game while Notre Dame is 55th with 2.9 blocks allowed per game.
The Bruins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.2, up from 8.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Fighting Irish have scored an average of 77.6 points per game (1.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.8 points per game (4.4 above their season average).