NCAA Basketball Picks: ACC Quarterfinals Predictions for Miami vs. Notre Dame

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, March 12, 2015 4:12 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015 4:12 PM UTC

Our resident college basketball consultant breaks down the ACC Conference Quarterfinal game tonight between Miami Fla. and Notre Dame. Join us in reading his revealing take on this matchup, and find out where he deems the betting value to be.

“Fighting Irish” look to make their mark in ACC Tournament
Miami Fla. and Notre Dame clash tonight in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals being played in Greenville, North Carolina. The game will be televised by ESPN with a scheduled opening tip time of 9:30 PM ET. According to the NCAA Basketball odds at 5Dimes, the #3 seed Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” are a 4.5 point favorite, and the posted total is 138.5. Notre Dame was a 75-70 winner at home versus Miami in the only other meeting this season between these teams. The Irish failed to cover as a 6.5 point favorite in that contest, and that game went over the total of 137.0.

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What Miami Team will Show?
Saying that the Miami Hurricanes have been inconsistent this season would be a vast understatement. After all, this is a team that suffered home losses at the hands of Wisconsin-Green Bay by 13 and Eastern Kentucky by 28. They also had to hold off the last place team (Virginia Tech) in the ACC on Wednesday, during a game which was much closer than the final score of 59-49 would indicate. A further example of their inconsistency came in a game at Cameron Indoor Arena versus 3rd ranked Duke. The Hurricanes came away with a 16-point road win in that contest as a 15.5 point underdog.

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Sharp Shooting Irish
The Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” are unquestionably the best perimeter shooting team in the country with all things being considered. They’re shooting a sizzling 51% from the field this season, and converting on a superb 39% of their three-point attempts. They’ll also have a advantage tonight in terms of rest. They last played five days ago during a 81-67 home win over Clemson. They’ll be facing an opponent (Miami) tonight which is coming off a hard fought win just 24 hours ago. More times than not, when a good shooting team like Notre Dame is provided with a sizable rest advantage over its opponent, they’ll cash a winning ticket on one of your college basketball picks.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Notre Dame -4.5 over Miami Fl. at The Greek

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