Notre Dame Indiana Colliding in Crossroads Classic on Saturday

Kevin Stott

Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:32 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 2:32 PM UTC

Let’s look at the betting odds, the Trends and how both of these teams did in their last outings and then offer up a Totals pick for this fun matchup from Naptown on Saturday afternoon as Fall silently makes way for Winter.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Indiana Hoosiers

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#18 Notre Dame vs. Indiana (FOX, 2:30 pm EST/11:30 am PST): Bonzie Colson and ACC basketball school and #18 Notre Dame face Juwan Morgan and Big Ten icons Indiana meet at the Crossroads Classic on Saturday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse—aka Hinkle Fieldhouse or Indiana’s Cathedral of Basketball—in Indianapolis. After opening up at -8½ on Friday afternoon, Offshore sportsbooks now have Notre Dame as 6½ to 7 point Favorites with the Total currently at 142. The Crossroads Classic is an a four-school event held between Hoosier State colleges Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler. The Fighting Irish and Hoosiers play each other in odd-numbered years while Indiana and Butler face off in even-numbered years.

Indiana and Purdue don’t play each other because both heated hoops rivals play in the Big Ten and face each other twice a year in conference Regular Season play, so, Notre Dame and Butler don’t play in the Crossroads Classic by the nature of its design. Big Ten side and #17 Purdue will face Big East Basketball school Butler in the day’s first game in a meeting in which sportsbooks currently have the Boilermakers as solid 7½-point Favorites over the Bulldogs.

Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana has gotten off to a shaky 5-5 start and the Hoosiers have L3 of 4 SU, although the competitions was quite stiff in then #1 Duke, Louisville, Michigan, Iowa and Louisville with 1st-year Head Coach Archie Miller’s crew beating Iowa at Home in Bloomington, 77-64, covering ATS as 6-point Home Favorites (152½) before losing to the Cardinals in their last outing, 71-62 at Louisville and failing to cover by a hangnail as 8½-point Road Underdogs last Saturday. In that setback that put the Hoosiers at 5-5 SU, HC Miller employed a Starting 5 of Juwan Morgan, De-Ron Davis, Aljami Durham, Josh Newark and Robert Johnson who had 0 points and 0 assists in 35 unproductive minutes on the floor. The series Trends here show that Indiana is 2-8 ATS its L10 Non-Conference games, 1-4 ATS the L5 at a Neutral Site and 3-9 ATS its L10 overall. The Over is 6-2 in the Hoosiers L10 Non-Conference dribbles.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame and 18th-year Head Coach Mike Brey will hope his team plays better than it did in a humbling 80-77 loss to Ball State—another Indiana school—two games ago at Home in South Bend as the then-#9-ranked Fighting Irish lost outright to the Cardinals as big 18-point Favorites on Dec. 5. Notre Dame rebounded in its last game, blasting Delaware, 92-68 on the Road and covering ATS as 13½-point Road chalks (132½) as the Fighting Irish went 13-from-23 from 3-point range and sharpshooter Matt Farrell snapped out of his shooting slump, going 5-for-7 from long distance and ending with 24 points. Temple Gibbs (21 points), star Bonzie Colson (19 points) and Rex Pflueger (10 points) were all also in double-digits against the Fightin’ Blue Hens who fell to 4-6 SU with the loss (2-3-1 ATS) at home in Newark. The Fighting Irish bench added just 10 points in the win (DJ Harvey, 5 points).

The Trends here show Notre Dame is 11-4 ATS the L15 against the Big Ten, 8-3-1 ATS its L12 Saturday games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win. Besides the loss to Ball State, Notre Dame’s other setback came at #3 Michigan State on Nov. 30 in a 81-63 decision in East Lansing (MSU -6½, 138½).

Loss Here Will Be a Tough One Psychologically Down the Road, Especially for Colson and The Fighting Irish

This is a game that won’t hurt either team if they lose, but will stick in the loser’s heads like some litmus test for the coming conference seasons for both who had high expectations heading in—Notre Dame was ranked as high as #5—but have now been replaced with the sobering reality of how hard it is to consistently win games in College basketball these days. When Ball State beats you at Home as 18-point Underdogs or when you get beaten by Indiana State at Home as 13½-point chalks in your Home and the Regular Season opener, it says something about a team’s abilities to handle the rigors of even tougher and more important play come the month of March. These two teams seem at similar or even slightly levels than they were last year and fading the two so far has been profitable for NCAA Basketball bettors.

Expect a back-and-forth game here from Naptown with the slightly better Roster (Notre Dame) and from the better basketball conference (ACC) to get the win here in a game probably decided in the last three minutes of play. If the Hoosiers can’t get better production from Johnson, it could turn out to be a very long season in Bloomington. Watch the Morgan and Colson matchup underneath and expect both to get theirs (Points and Rebounds) in this one. The Trends in this series show the Underdog (6-1 ATS L7) and Under (4-1) have done well and the last time Notre Dame faced Indiana, the Hoosiers won 80-73 back in 2015 as Colson had a game-high 24 for the Fighting Irish who only shot 27.8.% on its 3-point attempts (5-18). With Farrell possibly feeling better about his shot, expect Notre Dame to be closer to 50% in this showdown, possibly the difference in beating their semi-rivals.

FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Notre Dame 76 Indiana 70
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