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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Cincinnati Bearcats Preview

Cincinnati BearcatsNotre Dame Fighting Irish
Feb 24, 2:00 PM | Joyce Center

Cincinnati Bearcats vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds


Notre Dame will look to improve on its 21-6 record on Sunday when they host Cincinnati in NCAA basketball odds action at Joyce Center.

Notre Dame battles the Bearcats, currently sitting with a 19-8 mark (10-13 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 11-10 for the Fighting Irish and 6-16 for the Bearcats.

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Betting Line:
Notre Dame opened as 1-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 69-rated Fighting Irish and the No. 6-ranked Bearcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 77-74 result in favor of the Bearcats.


How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bearcats is ranked No. 5 in NCAA hoops at 41 per game. Contrast that with Notre Dame’s No. 107 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Notre Dame is the No. 132-ranked team in the country at 6.5 per game, while Cincinnati rates No. 87 at 7 per game.

Defensively, Cincinnati features the nation's No. 39-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.4 points per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, comes in at No. 75 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 73-66 loser on the road against Connecticut. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. Cincinnati suffered a 73-66 loss against Connecticut on Thursday, getting 18 points from Sean Kilpatrick in a losing effort at Gampel Pavilion.

Notre Dame was a 51-42 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Pittsburgh. They covered the 11-point spread as underdogs. Notre Dame earned a 51-42 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday, getting 13 points from Jack Cooley at Petersen Events Center.

Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Connecticut are 6-4
After playing Connecticut are 3-5
After a loss are 7-3

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Marquette are 8-2
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Bearcats at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
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 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame
Cincinnati is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
Notre Dame is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home
Notre Dame is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
Notre Dame is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games

Next up:
Cincinnati home to Connecticut, Saturday, March 2
Notre Dame at Marquette, Saturday, March 2