Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet on Wednesday for a Big East college hoops battle. The Bearcats are -8 point favorites over the Fighting Irish with an over/under point total set at 131.
The Cincinnati Bearcats are on a six game winning streak and Mick Cronin’s team are playing as good basketball as they were a year ago when they made it to the NCAA Tournament. Cincinnati has been getting it done without players who were suspended during an on court brawl with Xavier all of whom return for this game. Sean Kilpatrick is averaging 15.8 points and 4.9 rebounds, Dion Dixon is averaging 13.6 points and 4.1 rebounds, the Returning Yancy Gates is averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, and JaQuon Parker is averaging 12 points and 6.0 rebounds. As a team Cincinnati is averaging 71.1 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 57.4 points and their opponents shoot 39.4 percent. The Bearcats are 7-2 at home this season and are coming of off a big win at Pittsburgh.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won four of their last five games but Mike Brey’s team still just isn’t the same without their leader, Tim Abromaitis who injured his knee and is out for the year. This is just the second road game of the year for Notre Dame but overall they are 0-5 away from home going 0-4 in neutral site games. Eric Atkins is averaging 14 points, Jerian Grant is averaging 12.9 points and 4.7 assists, Jack Colley is averaging 9.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, and Alex Dragicevich is averaging 9.3 points. As a team Notre Dame is averaging 72.6 points and they are shooting 45.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.7 points and their oppositions hoots 41.4 percent. Notre Dame won their Big East opener at home against Pittsburgh but the Irish’s numbers deteriorate drastically when they leave South Bend.
Cincinnati is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 Big East games, 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games, and 2-6 against the spread following a win. Notre Dame is 21-8 against the spread in their last 29 games against the Big East, 1-5-2 against the spread following a win, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games. The home team is 5-1 against the spread in the last six meetings of these two.
The total is in this one is set at 131 and with these two teams averaging in the combined 140’s I see this one going over the total despite both teams also being solid defensively.