The third-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish are a shocking 0-8 against the point spread in their last eight NCAA Tournament games and are a stunning 1-point underdog against the seventh-seeded Wichita State Shockers in their Sweet Sixteen tilt.
This contest will feature a top-tier offensive team vs. a stout defensive-minded squad as the Fighting Irish’s 12th-ranked offense averaging 78.8 points per game will try to pick apart the Shockers’s sixth-ranked defense which allows only 56.7 points per game.
A Closer Look At The Wichita State Shockers Vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Sweet Sixteen Point Spread, ATS Pick & How To Watch
Matchup: (7) Wichita State Shockers vs (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Mar. 26, 2015
Start Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Wichita State Vs Notre Dame
Point Spread: Shockers -1
Game Total: 137
Wichita State March Madness Projected Starting Lineup:
- G Ron Baker, 6-3, Jr., 15 ppg, 4.5 rpg
- G Fred VanVleet, 6-0, Jr., 12.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.3 apg
- G Takele Cotton, 6-3, Sr., 9.6 ppg, 4 rpg
- G Evan Wessel, 6-4, Jr., 4.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
- F Darius Carter, 6-7, Sr., 11.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg
- Coach: Gregg Marshall (eighth season)
Notre Dame March Madness Projected Starting Lineup:
- F Zach Auguste, 6-10, Jr, 12.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg
- G Demetrius Jackson, 6-1, So, 12.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
- G Steve Vasturia, 6-5, So, 9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
- G Jerian Grant, 6-5, Sr, 16.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg
- G Pat Connaughton, 6-5, Sr, 12.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg
- Coach: Mike Brey (15th season)
Wichita State had 28-4 mark during the season, 17-13-1 against the spread, and went on to defeat the Indiana Hoosiers (81-76) and the Kansas Jayhawks (78-65) in their first two March Madness tilts, posting a 1-1 record against the spread in those games. Junior guards Ron Baker (15.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.5 APG) and Fred VanVleet (12.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.3 APG) have been fuel in the Shockers engine all season. The team averages 69.7 points per game (108th), with 13.9 assists per game (81st), shooting 44.6% from the field (102nd). Their defense is allowing a paltry 55.8 points per game (7th) while pulling down 35.6 rebounds per game (108th).
"We don’t have McDonald’s All-Americans, we don’t have guys that have been in the spotlight, and been given that pedestal," VanVleet said. "We work for everything we’ve got, from managers to coaches to our preacher to, you know, whoever. We’ve scrapped and fought our whole lives."
Wichita State added to its record of success against 2 seeds Sunday pic.twitter.com/TNig7AW3ji
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 23, 2015
Notre Dame finished the season 29-5, 14-12 against the spread, and their latest victims in the NCAA tourney were the Northeastern Huskies (69-65) and the Butler Bulldogs (67-64 OT), with a 1-1 ATS record in those two meetings. The Irish are led by senior guard Jerian Grant (16.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.6 APG) and senior forward Pat Connaughton (12.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 0.9 BLKPG). Notre Dame averages 78.8 points per game (12th), 15.1 assists per game (32nd), shooting 51.0% from the field (2nd). Their defense allows 65.6 PPG (145th) while grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game (250 th ).
"We made big plays down the stretch. We’ve been doing that all year," Grant said after beating Butler in overtime. "We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. We want to keep it rolling."
SHOCKER. #3 ND – #7 WSU Thursday NCAA Regional Semifinals pic.twitter.com/LQBg6I9308
— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 22, 2015
The Shockers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite, 45-18-2 ATS in their last 65 games following a SU win, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 NCAA Tournament games, 35-13-4 ATS in their last 52 games following a ATS win, and 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games vs. a team with a winning SU record.
The Fighting Irish are 21-6 ATS in their last 27 Thursday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog but 1-10 ATS in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games.