Notre Dame Sides 8-4
Notre Dame Totals 8-4
Notre Dame Halves 7-3-1
Way to many points today guys. Notre Dame is a desperate bunch who is not as bad as thier record. (Anyone else out there play 6 top ten teams yet this year???) Notre Dame is going to come out and Mollywop someone soon, I don't think that day is today as rebounding will once again be the difference but the Irish keep it within the number.
Notre Dame 68 Pitt 72
Notre Dame first half as well
Pick on game will come thursday. Counting First Halves I have hit 8 of my last 9 Notre Dame Picks. (Have not done well with totals at all) So check back...
early thoughts on Cinderella
A few early notes on George Mason:
1) They don't shoot the three well- All Irish fans are aware that if a team has shooting woes, nothing cures it like playing Notre Dame's perimeter defense, but the Patriots are spotty from behind the arc. They clock in at 35.3%, good for 157th in the country, although Folarin Campbell and Dre Smith are both right around 38%, with the added bonus of being upperclassmen with an awareness of what good and bad shots are.
2) They're small- Other than senior standout Will Thomas, no Patriot playing major minutes is taller than 6' 7". I'm a believer that you need strong guard play in the tournament to do well, which they have, but I'm glad there's no seven foot golem of doom waiting to devour Harangody on the inside.
3) The are going to have to box out- While the Patriots aren't large, they can take care of business on the boards when necessary. The games they got crushed they didn't rebound at all but they beat Dayton and Kansas State by collecting nearly forty percent of their missed shots. Between Notre Dame's ability to give up a bunch of offensive rebounds and their tendency to have lulls of apathetic play, that'll be where the Patriots assert themselves.
4) Will Thomas is a monster- The Patriots have their own version of Luke Harangody in Thomas, only their big man already was a prominent fixture on a Final Four team. Thomas averages 16 points and 10 rebounds a game. He also is extremely efficient at ending opponent's possessions, collecting over a quarter of the potential defensive rebounds available, good 19th in the country. As an added bonus, he's very adept at staying out of foul trouble despite being the only real inside force for the Patriots, being disqualified a grand total of zero times this season and averaging less than two fouls a game. If either Thomas or Harangody can get the other into foul trouble, the game will be severely changed. You also will be interested in knowing that in the 2006 Elite Eight win versus UConn, where he was going against future NBA players Josh Boone, Rudy Gay and Hilton Armstrong, along with Jeff Adrien, Thomas' line looked like this:
44 minutes, 8-12 FG, 3-4 FT, 19 points, 12 rebounds (6 offensive), 2 assists, 1 block, 4 fouls
In other words, stop Thomas if you want to beat this team
continue to check back as I find out more about Cinderella