After a perfect start for The Point After, I am putting it all on the line in the Notre Dame vs. UConn matchup on Tuesday. After a drop to Pitt, I believe UConn will bounce back, but it won't be enough to stop a well tested Notre Dame team. I believe the #15 Fighting Irish will knock off the #9 Huskies in a battle between Big East powerhouses.
Kemba Walker has established himself as the frontrunner for the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year and I'm sure he will have a tremendous game and score upwards of 25 points, but Notre Dame is a fundamentally sound basketball team. With just 11 turnovers a game, the Fighting Irish are also 10th in the country in assists per game. That combined with the fact that Connecticut relies so much on one player, will be something that will cause UConn to struggle. With tough perimeter defense, Notre Dame has the ability to push itself into the top five in the Big East.
Ben Hansbrough will lead the team with 23 points and will also dish out 8 assists. Senior Tim Abromaitis will record a double-double as Notre Dame defeats Connecticut 78-71.