Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs Notre Dame Irish Betting LineJosh Bailey
The number 14 seeded Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks shocked the West Virginia Mountaineers in a 70 to 56 win on Friday. The Lumberjacks battle Notre Dame, a 70 to 63 winner over Michigan on Friday, this Sunday on March 20. The game takes place in Brooklyn, New York. Tip-off is at 2:40 pm ET.
Stephen F. Austin has won 18 games in a row. The last time that Stephen F. Austin lost was on Dec. 29, 2015. Notre Dame has won 3 out of its last 4 games.
A Closer Look at How To Bet the No. 14 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs No. 6 Notre Dame Irish March Madness East Region College Basketball Line
The Notre Dame Irish are 15-15-1 ATS overall this season. Notre Dame has gone 3 and 1 ATS in their last 4 games. Stephen F. Austin is 3 and 0 ATS in its last 3 games.
What: NCAA Tournament East Region R32
Who: No. 14 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs No. 6 Notre Dame Irish
When: Sunday, March 20th, 2016
Tip- Off: 12:40 PM ET
Where: Barclay’s Center
Spread: ND -1.5
Moneyline: SF Austin +105 Vs ND -125
Game Total: 140.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Bet The No. 14 Seeded Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Because…
The Lumberjacks’ defense is a turnover producing machine. Stephen F. Austin only shot 30.9% from the field against West Virginia’s terrific defense. But the Lumberjacks won rather comfortably in their game against the Mountaineers. The reason why Stephen F. Austin won so comfortably is because the Lumberjacks forced 22 West Virginia turnovers. It was an amazing display of defensive prowess on the part of Stephen F. Austin. If the Lumberjacks could provide that same amount of intensity on Sunday, they could make it 2 upsets in a row.
Bet The No. 6 Seeded Notre Dame Irish Because…
Notre Dame showed resiliency by coming back against Michigan in Round 1. The Irish were down 41 to 29 at halftime. All Notre Dame did was outscore Michigan 41 to 22 in the second half. The Irish held Michigan to under 40% from three. The Wolverines shots only 37% when making 10 out of 27 three-point shots in the game. Michigan was 29 out of 63 from the field for 39.7%.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Notre Dame’s comeback win against Michigan was impressive. The Irish shot close to 60% from the field in the comeback win. But things could be much different versus Stephen F. Austin on Sunday.
The Lumberjacks might be one of the more talented teams in the NCAA Tournament. When a team beats the vaunted West Virginia Mountaineers at the Mountaineers slow down style, one has to be impressed. This is what Stephen F. Austin did on Friday. The Lumberjacks somehow found a way to beat a top Big 12 team by 14 points while shooting barely over 30% from both the field and the three-point line.
Notre Dame allows 37.5% on average from three. The Irish allow 42.7% from the field. Although Notre Dame has a good offense, it’s difficult to see how the Irish will keep up with an offense that averages 80 points off of around 48% shooting from the field. I think Stephen F. Austin makes it 2 upsets in a row.