Alabama vs Notre Dame: 2022 NCAA Tournament West Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament- Alabama vs Vanderbilt
Mar 10, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats talks with guard Jahvon Quinerly (13) and guard Jaden Shackelford (5) against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, March 18
  • Time: 4:15 p.m. ET
  • Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
  • TV: TNT
  • Live Stream: NCAA.com

Tale of the Tape:

No. 6 BAMA STAT No. 11 ND
SEC Conference ACC
19-13 Record 23-10
80.0 (9th) Points Per Game 72.5 (154th)
76.4 Points Allowed Per Game 66.8
0.6105 (19th) RPI 0.568 (59th)
1st Strength of Schedule 63rd
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Alabama leaders:

Feb 9, 2022; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Crimson Tide guard Jaden Shackelford (5) drives to the basket as Mississippi Rebels guard Tye Fagan (14) defends during the first half at The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jaden Shackelford, G, JR: 16.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 35.6% 3PT
  • Jahvon Quinerly, G, JR: 14.3 points, 3.1 RPG, 4.3 APG

Notre Dame leaders:

Mar 10, 2022; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Fighting Irish guard Blake Wesley (0) drives to the basket against Virginia Tech Hokies guard Nahiem Alleyne (4) and guard Hunter Cattoor (0) and forward Keve Aluma (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
  • Blake Wesley, G, FR: 14.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.2 SPG
  • Dane Goodwin, G, JR: 13.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 44.8% 3PT

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • BAMA Moneyline: -180
  • ND Moneyline: +155
  • Spread: Bama -4
  • Over/Under: 152.5
  • ATS Record: BAMA 11-20-1, ND 18-14
  • Over/Under Record: BAMA 22-10, ND 17-13-2

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The Pick:

  • According to KenPom, this matchup isn’t overly close. The Crimson Tide rank 25th in the nation by those metrics and have played the toughest schedule in basketball, while the Fighting Irish rank 51st and faced the 70th-ranked schedule.
  • The Crimson Tide play fast and love to chuck from three. They average the 8th most three-point attempts per game in the nation but shoot just 30.8%, which is 309th in the country, so it’s certainly quantity over quality.
  • We could also see two drastically different styles since the Crimson Tide play at the 11th fastest adjusted tempo, while the underdog Irish play at the 251st pace. Controlling the pace is going to be a key component in controlling the game, especially since Notre Dame should be on tired legs after Tuesday’s win and might not be likely to keep up and down the court for a full game.
  • The Fighting Irish survived double overtime against Rutgers in the First Four by playing bully ball, scoring 54 of their 89 points in the paint. It was a welcome change for a team that had been just 11-8 when they don’t shoot 40% from three (they shot 31.6%).
  • The Fighting Irish also took great care of the basketball, only turning the ball over five times in the entire game, compared to 13 from the Scarlet Knights. However, the Fighting Irish did get outrebounded 44-32, which is a weakness of their game and will be something to monitor against a Crimson Tide team that is 15th in the country in rebounds (although some of that clearly has to do with just how fast they play and how many possessions they get).

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