Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame Prediction: Will We See Points in this ACC Matchup?

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Jason Radowitz |
Tue, December 28, 11:45 AM EST | 4 min read
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Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame Prediction: Will We See Points in this ACC Matchup?

The college basketball slate was cut in half today because many games were canceled due to COVID. Luckily, we’ve still got Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame to look forward to tonight. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in an ACC in-conference matchup. Both teams will be looking for their first wins of ACC play tonight. Notre Dame loves to shoot threes, while Pittsburgh likes to bang around inside. So which team has the edge tonight? Here are our picks and predictions for the ACC game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Pittsburgh Panthers.

Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: ACCN

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Pitt vs. Notre Dame INJURY REPORT

Notre Dame: Questionable: G Trey Wertz (Ankle) 

Out: G Robert Carmody (Knee)

Pittsburgh: Out: G Ithiel Horton (Suspension), G Nike Sibande (Knee)

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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction 

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to knock off Pittsburgh on the road for their first win in ACC play. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is also 0-1 on the season in the ACC and could absolutely use a win against Notre Dame early in the season. This season, Notre Dame is shooting plenty of three-pointers and has an adjusted efficiency on offense of 110, which is good for 29th in college basketball. The Fighting Irish don’t turn the ball over at a high rate and shoot 33.6 percent from long range while also hitting 51 percent of shots from inside. On top of that, Notre Dame is hitting 76.5 percent of foul shots, despite not getting to the line at a high rate. Notre Dame isn’t nearly as effective on the glass, but overall, this team has plenty of shoots that can get hot from behind the arc. We’ve seen it before this season, and we might just see it again tonight.

On the other hand, Notre Dame hasn’t performed well defensively. They’ve been a bit lucky, actually. Opponents are shooting 37.6 percent from long range against Notre Dame this season, but those same opponents are also shooting just 62.5 percent from the foul line. Once Notre Dame starts to face some real ACC talent, that number will increase, and Notre Dame will find itself down most games if that three-point defense doesn’t improve. Luckily for Notre Dame, Pittsburgh is only shooting 65.7 percent from the foul line, but overall, Pittsburgh is getting to the line at an extremely high rate and scoring 25 percent of their points from the line. Pittsburgh is also earning 34.1 percent offensive rebounds and should have more second chances in this game. Plus, if Pittsburgh gets a quality look from long-range at home, I’d feel comfortable suggesting that the Panthers can drain a solid amount of threes in this game. While this game is trending towards the under, I think there’s plenty of value on the over between two teams that are pretty slow this season. Points will be scored! 

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick

Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz

Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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