Notre Dame vs Duke Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV Schedule

Notre Dame vs Duke Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV Schedule

With just under 2 weeks since their previous tilt, the 10th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish visit the 4th Duke Blue Devils for an ACC rematch on Saturday at 1 PM ET in Durham, North Carolina. The game will be broadcast live on CBS and streamed at CBSsports.com.

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On January 28th, these two teams had a monumental see-saw battle with the Fighting Irish closing the game with a 77-73 come from behind win at home in South Bend.

With March Madness just over a month away, this was a statement game for Notre Dame as Duke led by as many as 10 points in the second half before the Irish stormed back behind the impressive play of Jerian Grant, who finished the game with a stellar 23 points, 12 assists and six rebounds. Jahlil Okafor led Duke with 22 points.

A Closer Look at the Notre Dame vs Duke Odds, my Final Score Prediction, TV & Streaming Info

Matchup: (10) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs (4) Duke Blue Devils
Date: Feb. 7, 2015 
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Stream: CBSSports.com
Radio:  Notre Dame Vs  Duke
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Notre Dame is 21-3 on the season, including 9-2 in the conference. Grant leads the 10th-ranked Irish in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. Zach Auguste scores 13.7 per night, while Pat Connaughton (13.5 ppg) and Demetrius Jackson (12.9 ppg) are also double figure scorers.

Duke is now 19-3 this season and 6-3 in the ACC. Duke has won five of its last six games, with the only loss coming at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame Will Cover the Spread If

Guards Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton take over like they did in the last game.

Pat Connaughton scored 13 points, grabbed 12 boards and had 3 steals versus Duke in the last matchup between these two. Naismith Player of the Year candidate Jerian Grant scored 23 points, had 12 assists, grabbed 6 rebounds, had 3 steals, and even had 2 blocks in Notre Dame’s 77 to 73 win over Duke.

Grant and Connaughton have to play well in order for Notre Dame to cover the spread against Duke on Saturday. When Grant and Connaughton are playing well, the inside game opens up for Notre Dame. That allows talented guys like Demetrius Jackson and Jack Auguste to get points and rebounds. Jackson and Auguste are important to the Irish’s chances against the Blue Devils due to the presence of Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s fantastic center.

Duke Will Cover the Spread If

They hit their free throws and rely on someone other than Okafor.

Coach K appears determined to get others involved. That’s a good sign for Duke fans because even though Jahlil Okafor is the best player in college basketball, if his teammates rely on him too much, the Blue Devils end up as a one-dimensional squad.

Okafor only scored 10 points against Virginia and Duke upset the Cavaliers on the road last Saturday. Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow and Quinn Cook were fantastic versus Virginia. The trio combined for 47 points, 7 assists and 18 rebounds. Anything close to that against Notre Dame from the three of them and Duke should easily cover the spread.

One big caveat is free throw shooting. Duke usually averages 69% from the free throw line. Versus Notre Dame the first time, Duke hit 10 out of 20 free throws for a ridiculously bad 50%. That was really the difference in the game. If Duke hits its free throws, it beats the Irish in that first matchup.

My Notre Dame vs Duke Final Score Prediction – Blue Devils 80 – Irish 69