The Notre Dame Fighting Irish step out of ACC action to take on the Howard Bison in the MLK Classic on Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C. The Fighting Irish (10-6), who are 8-0 against Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference foes, are 2-3 on the road this season. The matchup features Notre Dame visiting a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) for the first time in program history. The Bison (6-7), who are 6-6 in non-conference play, are 3-2 on their home court.
Tipoff from Burr Arena is set for 2:30 p.m. ET. The Fighting Irish are 11-point favorites in the latest Notre Dame vs. Howard odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 149.5. Before making any Howard vs. Notre Dame picks, you need to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Notre Dame vs. Howard, and just revealed its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and trends for Howard vs. Notre Dame:
- Notre Dame vs. Howard spread: Notre Dame -11
- Notre Dame vs. Howard over-under: 149.5 points
- ND: The Fighting Irish are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall
- HOW: The Bison are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss
Why Notre Dame can cover
Senior forward Paul Atkinson Jr. is among the team leaders in scoring at 11.9 points per game, connecting on 59.8 percent of his field goals and 77.2 percent of his free throws. Atkinson leads the Fighting Irish with 6.5 rebounds and also dishes out 1.6 assists per game. He poured in 19 points in Saturday's loss at Virginia Tech, and has scored 10 or more points in 12 games, including registering two double-doubles.
Junior guard Cormac Ryan is the Irish's best on-ball defender, but has come through on the offensive end as well. He averages 8.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He scored 21 points in the first half of a win over Duke last year, eventually finishing with a career-high 28 points. Ryan has reached double figures six times this season, including 16 points in a 62-59 loss to Saint Mary's on Nov. 22.
Why Howard can cover
The Bison also have a solid core providing offense with four players averaging 10.8 points or better. Fifth-year senior Kyle Foster leads Howard, averaging 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.3 minutes of action per game. Foster is strong from distance, hitting 50 percent of his field goals, including 52.2 percent from 3-point range. He is also connecting on 76.9 percent of his free throws. He is coming off a 22-point, nine-rebound performance in Saturday's loss to Norfolk State.
Sophomore forward Steve Settle III has reached double digits in his last three games, including 18 points at Harvard on Dec. 21 and 12 on Saturday against Norfolk State. For the season, he is averaging 13.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. He is also red hot from the field, hitting on 51.2 percent of his shots, including 45.2 percent from 3-point range. He has reached double-digit scoring in nine games, including a season-high 21 points at High Point on Nov. 20.
How to make Howard vs. Notre Dame picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 151 points. It also says one side of the spread is hitting well over 60 percent of the time. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Notre Dame vs. Howard? And which side of the spread cashes in well over 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $2,200 on its top-rated college basketball spread picks over the last five-plus years, and find out.