Notre Dame Basketball
Tomorrow, Notre Dame begins ACC play with a battle against powerhouse Duke. The Blue Devils have won 11 games this season. Their only two defeats came to #16 Kansas (9-3) and #1 Arizona (14-0). The Blue Devils are favored 3.5 points over home Notre Dame.
Scoring Offense (85.2 points per game)
The Blue Devils are lead by two fantastic forwards in Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood. They each average 21.4 and 17.2 points per game. As a team, they rank 14th in the country. Notre Dame averages 80.1 points per game.
Scoring Defense (68.8 points per game)
Duke has been up and down defensively. In their two loses, they have surrendered 83 points per game. They are coming off their best defensive performance against Elon, a game in which they yielded 48 points. Notre Dame gives up 70.2 points per game.
Rebounding Margin (2.9 rebounds per game)
The Devils are lead by Parker on the glass who collects 8 rebounds per game. Jefferson is second on the club with 5.8 a contest. Notre Dame out rebounds their opponents by 5.2 per game.
Assists (16.6 assists per game)
Junior Point Guard Quinn Cook leads the Blue Devils with 6.3 assists per game. Notre Dame as a team averages 17.8 assists a contest.
Notre Dame may have a significant advantage on the interior if Sherman and Auguste can play up to their maximum potential. Duke’s tallest player, who plays regularly, is Amile Jefferson. He is 6-9. Pat Connaughton and Demetrius Jackson will have to match what Sherman and Atkins did on Sunday night against Canisius for the Irish to win.
The loss of Grant cannot be overstated. However, Brey continues to find ways to reinvent himself. With a great atmosphere on Saturday, the Irish may be able to pull of the upset. Fans have seen this film before. Just do not count on it. Final score: Duke 78-Notre Dame 70