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Notre Dame on Big East odds


Cincinnati brings the nation's 5th-rated defense to the Big East party Thursday in trying to bust a 1-5 ATS funk against Notre Dame.

This is a conference playoff game in the Big East Tournament and will help decide where each team ends up on Selection Sunday. The game is being played at Madison Square Garden and sees Cincy trying to avenge an earlier loss this season.

The Fighting Irish sit at 25-5 (15-10 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bearcats are currently 25-7 (14-10 ATS). Cincinnati has proven to be a reliable UNDER play with its tough defense, ending the season on a 8-16 OU mark.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 41-rated Fighting Irish and the No. 33-ranked Bearcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 78-77 result in favor of the Bearcats.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bearcats is ranked No. 132 in NCAA hoops at 35.7 per game. Contrast that with Notre Dame’s No. 75 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Notre Dame is the No. 25-ranked team in the country at 8.1 per game, while Cincinnati rates No. 136 at 6.5 per game.

Defensively, Cincinnati features the nation's No. 8-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.1 points per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 nationally in scoring at home.

Cincinnati won its last outing, an 87-61 result against South Florida on March 9. They covered in that game as a 10.5-point favorite.

Last time out for Notre Dame, they were a 70-67 winner as they battled Connecticut on the road. They covered in the match as a 3-point underdog. Notre Dame got 21 points from Ben Hansbrough en route to a 70-67 victory over Connecticut on Saturday at Gampel Pavilion.

Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing South Florida are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Connecticut are 4-6
After a win are 9-1

A few Bearcats at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
Notre Dame is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
Notre Dame is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Notre Dame's last 9 games