Notre Dame Outclasses DePaul on the Court

Mark Lathrop

Saturday, November 11, 2017 3:56 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 3:56 PM UTC

Our NCAAB handicapper, Mark Lathrop, cashed his first non-conference pick last night and will keep us in the black as he looks at the matchup between Notre Dame and DePaul on Saturday.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs DePaul Blue Demons

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Free NCAAB Pick: Notre Dame -9Best Line Offered: at Heritage

2017-18 NCAAB Record: 1-0, +1.00 Units

The DePaul Blue Demons have pulled off a nice scheduling boon for Saturday, as they open their new WinTrust Arena in Chicago by hosting the 14th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. DePaul should be a greatly improved squad this year coming off of a 9-23 season. They return 4 starters, and although you could say those starters were bad, they have also been bolstered by three transfers that should have an immediate positive effect. The best of the transfer bunch is definitely 6’ 11” senior, Marin Maric, who finished last season at Northern Illinois with 6 consecutive double-doubles and averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game on 56.5% shooting from the field.

If the Blue Demons are to improve on their season they will need to be better in Big East conference play. They actually started 4-1 SU last year in December and 7 of their 9 wins were in non-conference matchups. Their only conference wins were against Providence and Georgetown last year.

It may not actually be such a great team to open a new arena with for DePaul considering that Notre Dame has beat them in 9 straight meetings. Notre Dame also has one of the best players in the country in 6’ 6” senior forward, Bonzie Colson, who averaged a double-double last year with 17.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game on 52.3% shooting from the field. Colson is one of the reasons that Notre Dame is expected to improve on their 26-10 record from last season.  The Fighting Irish also have senior 6’ 1” guard Matt Farrell and junior 6’ 6” guard Rex Pflueger as important cogs in their rotation. Pflueger was getting just under 30 minutes per game off of the bench last season and Farrell averaged 14.2 points per game and led starters with a 42.5% 3-point percentage.

The opening lines have finally come out for this game with Notre Dame favored by 9.5 points. That line has been bet down to a straight 9 at most books, with BookMaker now hanging an 8.5. The total is now sitting between 149 and 150.5, but there are no trends to back a total bet at the moment. I believe this is a good opportunity to lay the chalk with a superior team in Notre Dame. DePaul will be much improved, but it will take some more playing time for their transfer talent to mesh. Look for Notre Dame to win by double-digits as my Saturday NCAAB Pick.

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