College Basketball Picks: Indiana State vs. Notre Dame: November 30th 2010
This is a great spot for Indiana St., or it can be deemed as a really bad spot for Notre Dame. The Irish are 7-0 to start the season and they are coming off a tournament championship at the Old Spice Classic where they defeated Georgia, California and Wisconsin to bring home the title. This is the best start since 2001-02 for Notre Dame and coming off that tournament win spells big time letdown. The Irish have a week off after this before facing Kentucky so there will not be a big sense of urgency tonight.
Indiana St. is 3-3 to start the season and it is riding a two-game winning streak heading into South Bend/ The Sycamores won at Oral Roberts, the preseason favorite to win the Summit League, and then followed that up with a home win over Buffalo on Saturday. Indiana St. had its first winning season since 2001 last year so there is a lot of confidence on this team that say near the bottom of its conference for years. I expect this to be a low possession game which makes the points more of a premium.
There are times when Notre Dame’s lack of quickness and athleticism are an issue which has the Irish in a fairly even matchup here. Indiana St. beats teams with outside shooting as three Sycamores are shooting 40 percent or better from long range and as a team they are hitting 39.3 percent from behind the arc. One of Notre Dames big strengths so far this season has been rebounding but that is the case for the Sycamores as well which again gives them a chance down low.
As long as Indiana St. plays the way it has been playing, there is no reason to think it cannot keep this game close. 3* Indiana St. Sycamores