4* BIG EAST TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Notre Dame/DePaul UNDER
DePaul vs. Notre Dame,
02/13/2013 19:00 EDT,
Score: 78 - 82
Total: -110/+145½ Under
DePaul is a higher scoring team because they play at a fast pace, but Notre Dame is a slow it down type of team that doesn't want to run and gun. Most of the time the home team controls the pace, so this game should be played out more in the style of the Irish than the Blue Demons.
Not only that, but I think Oliver Purnell has been hammering home defense to his guys the last few days in practice. They had a decent shot to beat Marquette on Saturday but the Blue Demons allowed 56.4% shooting. The game before against Villanova was just as bad when they gave up 59.6% from the field. A renewed focus on the defensive end of the floor should put a stop to that, and we know they can limit Notre Dame as the Irish only shot 43.5% against them last time these two teams faced.
Notre Dame hasn't really been shooting well either. They only shot 34.6% in scoring 47 points against Syracuse and with the five overtime game against Louisville just a few days back this team might have some tired legs. Since they like to slow it down anyway, you might see that pace exaggerated even further tonight as guys try to conserve energy.
Neither team gets a lot of offensive rebounds, so second chance points won't be a problem. Neither team forces nor turns the ball over a lot either, so there shouldn't be too many easy baskets in this game. I like it to stay under the total pretty comfortably.