After a week of rest, Indiana will hit the road to face off No.18 Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic. The Hoosiers are 3-3 in the yearly challenge played on neutral ground at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Hoosiers hold a 49-22 all-time winning record, and are 16-7 on neutral playing field against the Fighting Irish. The 8-2 Notre Dame squad is coming in off a 24-point road domination over Delaware. Led by long-time coach Mike Brey, the Fighting Irish have suffered 2 rather-large losses this season— most recently at Ball State, and at No.3 Michigan State by a whopping 18 points.
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Another ACC Challenge
Challenging the Hoosiers’ defense are 3 players scoring in the double digits. Notre Dame’s forward Bonzie Colson drops 19.5 points and 9.6 boards per game. Senior guard Matt Ferrell’s hot hands put up 24 points against Delaware last Saturday. TJ Gibbs was right behind him with 21 points. As a team, the Fighting Irish are 42.6% from behind the arc.
This team is known for defense that successfully holds their opponents to 39.5% from the field without fouling. Turnovers are held to 8.9 per game, ranking third in the country.
Keys to an Upset
Shutting down Notre Dame’s sharp shooters will be crucial to pulling an upset on Saturday. The Hoosiers will have to match the Fighting Irish in ball handling against such a strong offensive lineup.
Pomeroy gives Indiana a 23% chance of an upset and has Notre Dame with a 9-point victory.