Saturday college basketball odds: No. 11 Louisville at No. 25 Notre Dame
Louisville looks for its fourth straight win Saturday and to keep pace with Big East-leading Syracuse and Marquette when the Cardinals visit Notre Dame in a matchup of future ACC foes.
Louisville routed Rutgers 68-48 on Wednesday. Wayne Blackshear scored a career-high 19 points and hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 23-2 run early in the second half that carried the Cardinals (19-4, 7-3 Big East). Blackshear hit 7 of 11 shots from the field, including three from long range in just 14 minutes. Russ Smith added 14 points and six rebounds and fellow guard Peyton Siva had nine points and seven assists as the Cardinals held Rutgers to a season-low point total. It was the seventh time they have held an opponent under 50 points this season.
Notre Dame lost 63-47 at Syracuse on Monday. Notre Dame (18-5, 6-4) had won three straight.
It was the first meeting between the teams since the Irish handed Syracuse its only conference loss last season, 67-58 at Purcell Pavilion last January. This time, Notre Dame finished 6 of 20 on 3-pointers, shot 34.6 percent (18 of 52) for the game, and was outrebounded 32-28. The Irish also matched their season low for points. They also were held to 47 in a home loss two weeks ago to Georgetown. Jerian Grant, brother of Syracuse’s Jerami, finished with 15 points to lead the Irish. The game was the first in college between the Grant brothers.
This will mark the second time in school history that Notre Dame has been the host for ESPN College GameDay during the basketball season. Purcell Pavilion was the site of the morning show and primetime basketball contest on Jan. 24, 2009, when the Irish played Connecticut.
Saturday will be the 30th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Louisville. The Cardinals lead the series 18-11. Notre Dame and Louisville have alternated wins over the last seven games in the series. The Irish are 4-6 against the Cardinals since Louisville joined the Big East in 2005. The Fighting Irish and Cardinals split two meetings last season. Notre Dame won at Louisville, 67-65 in overtime, during the regular season and the Cardinals topped the Irish, 64-50, in the semifinals of the Big East Championship. Louisville is 0-3 at Notre Dame since joining the Big East. The Irish are 3-1 in the last four meetings with a ranked Louisville squad.
WagerWeb.com trends: Fighting Irish are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Fighting Irish are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. Cardinals are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings. Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.