Here’s how to watch Saturday’s ACC game between Notre Dame and Pitt online.
Notre Dame and Pittsburgh will kick off their respective ACC conference campaigns with a matchup this New Year’s Eve in Pennsylvania.
This should be a high-octane contest decided by offense – both teams carry top-30 ranked offenses into the game, along with defenses that fall outside the top 100.
Pitt’s offense is fueled by the two-man team of Jamel Artis and Michael Young. The seniors, teammates since their high school days in New Jersey, have blossomed under the direction of first year coach Kevin Stallings, who brought a faster paced offense to replace former head coach Jamie Dixon’s more staid Old Big East style.
Young is an inside bruiser – though he’s added a three-point shot this year — powering his way to an average of 22.8 points per game and a massive free throw rate of 53.4 percent. Meanwhile, Artis makes his living with a diverse game, using his 6’7″ frame to get to the rim while also peppering in three-pointers and a mature midrange pull-up game. The pair are currently No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring in the ACC (22.8 and 20.8 points per game for Young and Artis, respectively), making them one of the best duos in the country.
Notre Dame plays an aesthetically pleasing, pass-heavy, egalitarian style of offense. The top four rotation players (Colson, Beachem, Farrell, and Vasturia) each have usage rates between 25.7 and 19.9 percent. They have been excellent at shooting the three-ball this year, hitting 40.1 percent of their shots from deep.
The offense is driven by the excellent penetration and dish game of Matt Farrell, who’s averaging 13.2 points and nearly six assists per game on 48.6 percent shooting from the field, and the stylings of Bonzie Colson, who does a bit of everything (on both ends) on his way to averaging 16.2 points per game.
Notre Dame tends to play on the smaller-ball side of things, as their only rotation player listed above 6’8″, Martinas Geben, plays about 16 minutes per game. The rest of the minutes at center are soaked up by a combination of Bonzie Colson and Austin Torres, both under 6’7″.
They’ve also managed to pull off the neat trick of being both the best free throw shooting team in the country and one of the three worst teams in college basketball at “defending” from the foul line – teams are hitting a very high percentage at the line against Notre Dame. A little bit of luck for the Irish would go a long way in helping their defense.
Here’s how you can watch this offensive shootout on New Year’s Eve between Notre Dame and Pittsburgh online:
Date: Saturday, Dec. 31
Start Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Venue: Peterson Events Center
TV: ACC Network