Notre Dame vs. #19 North Carolina

The best college basketball game of Monday night is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish traveling to Chapel Hill to face the #19 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

 

Notre Dame @ North Carolina Preview

north carolina vs notre dameThe 15-15 Fighting Irish are coming off a 85-81 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers. The 22-7 Tar Heels are coming off a 60-56 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies.

The Fighting Irish are lead by seniors Eric Atkins and Garrick Sherman. Atkins is averaging 13.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Sherman is averaging 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.

The Tar Heels are lead by junior James Michael McAdoo and sophomore Marcus Paige. McAdoo is averaging 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Paige is averaging 17.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

 

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For Notre Dame:

Jerian Grant out (suspended), Pat Connaughton probable (ankle), Eric Katenda out (knee).

For North Carolina:

P.J. Hairston out (suspended).

 

How Notre Dame Wins

Notre Dame wins this game if they find a way to score more points. Without their leading scoring Jerian Grant because of suspension the Fighting Irish are only averaging 72.4 points per game and that ranks 112th in the nation. Grant was averaging 19 points before his suspension so the Fighting Irish need to find a way to  come up with those points. Another thing they will need to do is rebound the ball better. They only average 34.3 rebounds per game and that ranks 196th in the nation.

 

How North Carolina Wins

North Carolina will win this game if they keep scoring at a high rate. They average 76.7 points per game and that ranks 39th in the country. The Tar Heels also have to keep rebounding the way they do. They average 40.9 rebounds per game and that ranks 7th in the country. The final thing they will need to do is take care of the ball. They rank 139th in the country in turnovers as they average 12.1 per game.

 

My Prediction

Notre Dame wants to make this a low scoring game. While North Carolina wants to make this a high scoring game and win the rebound battle.

I think that the game will be high scoring like North Carolina wants. I think that the Tar Heels win the rebound battle and with home court advantage they win the game.

Final Score

North Carolina: 79
Notre Dame: 65

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