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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Pittsburgh Panthers Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Pittsburgh PanthersNotre Dame Fighting Irish
21-7March 01, 2014, 02:00 | Joyce Center15-14

Pittsburgh travels to Notre Dame on Saturday, hoping to boost its 21-7 record with a victory over the Fighting Irish.

This season, the Fighting Irish are 15-14 overall and 9-17-1 ATS, while the Panthers are 21-7 and 8-14-3 ATS. As for the totals, Notre Dame boasts a 15-12 on the OU, and Pittsburgh is 14-11.

View Pittsburgh Panthers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds and Stats.

Notre Dame opened as 3.5-point underdogs 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.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 239-ranked Fighting Irish and the No. 93-rated Panthers in this matchup.

Pittsburgh was a 66-59 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Boston College. They earned a push of the 7-point spread as favorites. The Panthers grabbed a 66-59 win over the Eagles on Wednesday, behind a 21-point effort from Talib Zanna at Conte Forum.

Notre Dame was a 65-62 winner in its last match at home against Georgia Tech. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Fighting Irish grabbed a 65-62 win over the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday, behind a 21-point effort from Garrick Sherman at Joyce Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Panthers rank No. 76 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.46 per game. That compares with Notre Dame’s No. 155 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Notre Dame is college basketball's No. 75-ranked team at 7.03 per game, while the Panthers rate No. 218 with 4.93 per game.

A few Panthers at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 1-3-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Notre Dame is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
Notre Dame is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games
Notre Dame is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Notre Dame is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to North Carolina State, Monday, March 3rd
Notre Dame at North Carolina, Monday, March 3rd