No. 3 Maryland Men's Basketball vs Notre Dame Prediction, Preview

Andy Kwong

Date & Time: Wednesday December 4, 2019, 7:30PM EST

TV Channel: ESPN

On Monday, Maryland (8-0) moved up to No. 3 on the AP Top 25 poll after defeating Marquette 84-63 in the Orlando Invitational championship. They will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who have won their last six games since the loss against North Carolina in the season opener. 

Getting to know the opponent

HC Mike Brey

Brey is in his 20th season as Notre Dame's head coach. He is the winningest coach in their history, with a 423-222 record. He took the Fighting Irish to 12 NCAA tournament appearances but has failed to reach it the past three seasons.

F John Mooney

Mooney is the Fighting Irish best player. His 78 rebounds this season is the 31st-most in college basketball, while his average of 13 per game is the third-best rate. The 6-foot-9 245-pound senior leads the team averaging 14.3 points per game and shooting 41.7 percent from the field. 

G TJ Gibbs

Though Gibbs has been an inconsistent sharp shooter, making only 34.7 percent of his shots, he is still second on the team in scoring with 12 points per game. He takes advantage of his opportunities at the free throw line making 16-of-18 through six games. He is another senior in the lineup hoping to make the most of their final season at Notre Dame.

G Prentiss Hubb

The Maryland native is not having the most ideal start of the 2019 league year. He has made only 25 percent from the free throw line and is fourth on the team with 9.9 points per game. However, he does lead the team in assists with 31. Expect him to rebound as he returns to his home state to play in front of his family.

F Juwan Durham

Despite averaging only 19.1 minutes per game, he is unsung hero of Notre Dame's six-game winning streak. He leads the team with 17 blocks and is second on the team with 49 rebounds. He is one of the most accurate shooters in college basketball making 54.1 percent of his shots. He really does take advantage of his 6-foot-11 223-pound frame and does most of the damage near the basket. Considering his production, expect Durham to receive more minutes as he further entrenches himself in the starting lineup. 

Strength

The Fighting Irish are forcing an astonishing average of 7.9 steals per game as well as 42 rebounds. Based on statistics alone, defense is their specialty.

Weakness

Size remains their biggest weakness as Notre Dame only has two players on the roster that are 6-foot-10 or taller. Though they have been solid in the rebounding category thus far, they will find it a little more difficult against the bigger Maryland team

Prediction

Notre Dame already lost to one ranked team in North Carolina. The Terrapins have found a way to overcome deficits and slow starts throughout the season. This should be another quality win that the Terrapins put in the record books.

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