Kentucky vs Notre Dame NIT Odds: Pre-season projections were high for the Kentucky Wildcats and Notre Dame Fighting Irish mens basketball teams. Today at the Joyce Center on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, the Fighting Irish and Kentucky Wildcats will battle for a final-four spot…In the NIT; not exactly the final-four Notre Dame and Kentucky fans were hoping for. The truth is, not making the NCAA Tournament is unacceptable to supporters at both schools. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
NIT Odds experts at online sportsbook Bodog at Bodoglife.com have installed the Irish as 3 1/2-point favorites with a 145 total. Notre Dame is a -160 favorite on the Bodog moneyline while Kentucky Wildcat's backers are getting +140 moneyline odds.
Kentucky (22-13) escaped the second round with a thrilling 65-63 victory over Creighton in front of a raucous crowd in Omaha, Neb., on Monday. Despite speculation and rumors about Coach Billy Gillispie's head coaching future, the Wildcats put together one of their grittiest performances of the year. Kentucky trailed most of the game, but Jodie Meeks converted a three-point play in the lane with 10.6 second left to lift UK.
Meeks might have struggled with his shot for most of the game, but he lived up to his billing in the final nine and a half minutes by scoring 11 points. His scoring partner, sophomore Patrick Patterson, tallied 12 points in the win, becoming the 10th fastest player in UK history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Kentucky cashed as 2-point road underdogs as the teams played under the 139-point total listed by oddsmakers.
Notre Dame nearly blew a 10 point lead, but managed to pull out a 70-68 win over New Mexico in the second round of the NIT on Thursday. Notre Dame failed to cover the 5.5-point spread, while the combined score fell UNDER the game's posted total of 147.
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Notre Dame.
Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Notre Dame.
Kentucky is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Notre Dame's last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Notre Dame's last 5 games at home.
Notre Dame is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home.
Notre Dame is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games.
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