February 24, 2013

Cincinnati vs. Notre Dame Pick

Cincinnati vs. Notre Dame Pick Basketball Picks

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Cincinnati Bearcats
vs.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Date/Time: February 24th, 2:00 pm ET

Television: CBS

College Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Notre Dame -2.5

Total: 124

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Basketball Betting Game Trends

Cincinnati Bearcats

  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame
  • Cincinnati is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  • Notre Dame is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Notre Dame is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Notre Dame’s last 13 games
  • Notre Dame is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Notre Dame is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Notre Dame’s last 6 games at home
  • Notre Dame is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cincinnati

 

NCAA Basketball Pick – February 24th

Two of the middling teams in the Big East that are hoping to get into the dance without any hassles are going to square off on Sunday afternoon in South Bend, where the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will tango with the Cincinnati Bearcats.

If Cincinnati doesn’t get into the NCAA Tournament, it will be a collapse of epic proportions. The team has lost four out of five, and it is now eking back towards the bubble as we speak. Another loss in this one, something that is most certainly possible, could prove to be relatively damning, especially if the next game is lost to the UConn Huskies next week. The Louisville Cardinals are on tap at the KFC Yum! Arena after that, and that isn’t going to be a fun game either. The Bearcats are really losing their way offensively, as they are failing to get beyond the mid-60s in scoring. They have now gone eight straight games without a game beyond 68 points, and that’s terrible news for a team averaging 69.7 points per game. The defense has to be one of the best in the Big East, and even that 59.1 points per game allowed average isn’t nearly as good as it was a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame has to think that its win on the road at the Pitt Panthers earlier this week was good enough to cement a spot in the dance. From here, it’s playing out the string and playing for positioning on the bracket. F Jack Cooley’s streak of double-doubles came to a close at six games when he put up 13 points and nine boards in that game against U-Pitt, but there was definitely no shame in that one. He is averaging 14.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, and there is no doubt that he is one of the best interior players in the entire conference. We wish that both G Jerian Grant and G Eric Atkins would shoot the ball a bit better, especially with sharpshooter G Scott Martin still not playing with a knee injury. However, these two are still getting their points, and they’re willing this team to victory. The Fighting Irish have played great defense over the course of the last two games, but this is still considered a weak point to the club and could be something that Cincinnati exploits if given the opportunity.

Prediction:

We just don’t see how the Bearcats are coming on the road and beating a tourney team more often than not right now. They’re just not good enough. G Sean Kilpatrick could always go off for 30 points and will the team to a win that way, but in the end, even if he does do that, there is no one that is going to stop Cooley from having another monster night, willing his team to another Big East ‘W’. Notre Dame 67 – Cincinnati 60

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Adam Markowitz

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