Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Notre Dame stats pack and more
Obviously, this our first true road test. Should be a back and forth game.
Notre Dame stats pack
Their lone loss to Butler doesn't look so bad right now. The good news is they struggled to be Lehigh at home, but that could've been an off-game for them.
Our D will have to be stronger than it has been during our tuneup week... Notre Dame shoots 51% from the field, 37% from beyond the arc, they get to the free throw line a bunch (163 times in 7 games), and hit 73% of their FTs.
Mike Brey has done a solid job in South Bend... and he did a great job at Delaware before this gig. They are well coached and play solid fundamental ball. We need to bring at least our B+ game to escape with a win.
As for individual talent... we'll need to contain Rob Kurz (I assume Hendrix gets the task of covering him) inside and cover Colin Falls and Russell Carter from the perimeter. They don't have a player taller than 6'9" on the roster so we should be able to punish them inside, but they do play 9 so they'll have fouls to give (read- we must hit FTs).
The game is on ESPN at 9PM EST tomorrow night (12/7). I assume it'll be in HD.
Prediction- Alabama wins by 4 in South Bend behind a monster game by Davidson (something like 20 points, 12 boards and 5 blocks).