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Fighting Irish open as college hoops underdog vs Buckeyes

Ohio State BuckeyesNotre Dame Fighting Irish
11-0December 21, 2013, 07:30 | Madison Square Garden8-3

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish try to run the Ohio State Buckeyes off the court at Madison Square Garden in college hoops action.

The Fighting Irish bring a 8-3 record (3-5-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 11-0 Buckeyes, who are 5-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Notre Dame go 6-3 so far and the Buckeyes go 3-7.

View Ohio State Buckeyes vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as 7.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Fighting Irish sit at No. 45 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Buckeyes sit at No. 6 on the same chart.

Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 76-64 winner as they battled Delaware at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 19-point favorite. The Buckeyes grabbed a 76-64 win over the Blue Hens on Wednesday, behind a 19-point effort from LaQuinton Ross at Value City Arena.

In their last action, Notre Dame was a 79-72 winner on the road against Indiana. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Indiana got 22 points from Will Sheehey but lost anyway, 79-72, to Notre Dame on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Notre Dame's No. 33-ranked offense, averaging 81.18 PPG, against a Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 3 at 55.45 PPG. The Fighting Irish field goal percentage has averaged 47.77% so far, less than the Buckeyes marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.91% per game.

A few Buckeyes at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
Ohio State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ohio State's last 5 games
Notre Dame is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Ohio State home to Louisiana-Monroe, Friday, December 27th
Notre Dame at Canisius, Sunday, December 29th