The No. 11 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish (23-10) and the No. 6 seed Alabama Crimson Tide (19-13) collide in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon. Notre Dame heads into this matchup on a high note, defeating Rutgers in the First Four contest on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Alabama lost three straight to end the regular season, including a 82-76 setback against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament.
Tipoff is at 4:15 ET from San Diego. The latest Notre Dame vs. Alabama odds from Caesars Sportsbook list the Crimson Tide as four-point favorites. The over-under for total points is set at 153. Before locking in any Alabama vs. Notre Dame picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Notre Dame vs. Alabama and just revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see all of the model’s college basketball picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Notre Alabama vs. Notre Dame:
- Notre Dame vs. Alabama spread: Crimson Tide -4
- Notre Dame vs. Alabama over-under: 153 points
- Notre Dame vs. Alabama money line: Fighting Irish +160, Crimson Tide -190
- ND: Notre Dame is 4-1 ATS in their last five games as underdogs
- ALA: Alabama is 6-0 ATS in their last six Friday games
Why Alabama can cover
Junior guard Jaden Shackelford is leading the way in points (16.7) and is pulling down 5.3 rebounds per game. Shackelford is a great attacking guard with a solid jumper. He is shooting 35 percent from downtown. The California native has scored at least 20 points in 11 games. In his last outing, Shackelford dropped 21 points, three rebounds and knocked down six 3-pointers.
Senior guard Keon Ellis joins Shackelford in the backcourt for the Crimson Tide. Ellis is averaging 12 points, six rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. The Florida native has scored at least 17 points in three of his last six games. On Mar. 5 against LSU, he finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and two steals. This was Ellis’ 19th game with at least two steals.
Why Notre Dame can cover
Freshman guard Blake Wesley is averaging a team-high 14.4 points with 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Wesley has consistently produced for the Fighting Irish, scoring at least 18 points in 10 games. On Mar. 2 against Florida State, the Indiana native had 21 points, six rebounds and two steals.
Junior guard Dane Goodwin is putting up 13.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Goodwin has been a steady shooter on the perimeter, hitting 45 percent from 3-point land. He has knocked down at least three 3-pointers in 14 games. In the Feb. 26 win over Georgia Tech, Goodwin had 17 points and went 3-for-5 from downtown.
How to make Notre Dame vs. Alabama picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 154 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Alabama vs. Notre Dame pick at SportsLine.
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