The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be looking for revenge on Monday night as they take on a Cincinnati Bearcats team that easily handled them both SU and ATS last season.
More bettors may be focused on the Notre Dame football team today as they battle Alabama in the BCS Championship game, but the basketball Irish are in action here.
The Bearcats bounced the Irish 71-55 as an 8.5-point home favorite on the college basketball odds at the sportsbooks in the last matchup between the two schools last January. That ended Notre Dame's 3-0 SU and ATS run against Cincinnati.
The Bearcats are 13-2 so far on the season, and 6-5 ATS vs. the number. The Fighting Irish, meanwhile, are 13-1 and 7-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Cincinnati go 4-6 and the Fighting Irish go 7-1 on the totals.
Bettors looking to go with the Bearcats in this one found them listed as 5-point favorites at earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Fighting Irish was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 16 (Bearcats) and the No. 100 (Fighting Irish) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 86-85 result in favor of the Bearcats has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Cincinnati's No. 2-rated squad against Notre Dame's No. 58-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Cincinnati rates No. 73 in the country with 7.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 64 nationally with 7.4 per match.
Defensively, Notre Dame features the nation's No. 234-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.5 points per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, comes in at No. 95 nationally in scoring at home.
Notre Dame was a 93-74 winner in its last match at home against Seton Hall. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. Scott Martin scored 22 points leading the Fighting Irish to a 93-74 victory over Seton Hall at Joyce Center on Saturday.
Cincinnati lost its last outing, a 53-52 result against St. John's on January 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 13.5-point favorite. The Bearcats got a 23-point effort from Cashmere Wright, who added 10 rebounds, but St. John's still managed to defeat Cincinnati 53-52 Saturday at Fifth Third Arena.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Connecticut are 8-2
After playing Seton Hall are 6-4
After a win are 10-0
Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Rutgers are 2-8
After playing St. John's are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2
A few Fighting Irish at Bearcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Notre Dame's last 9 games on the road
Cincinnati is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
Cincinnati is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
Cincinnati is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Notre Dame
Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Notre Dame
Notre Dame home to Connecticut, Saturday, January 12
Cincinnati at Rutgers, Saturday, January 12