Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame Preview + Free Pick Feb 21st, 2008
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College Basketball Betting – Pittsburgh At Notre Dame
BetUS NCAA college basketball betting odds: NOTRE DAME -6
The Pitt Panthers (19-6 SU, 12-8 ATS) will try to extend a series winning streak and at the same time break a long home winning string by its opponent when they go to South Bend, IN to face off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19-5 SU, 8-13 ATS) in Big East action that is set to begin at 7 PM ET at the Joyce Center.
In the Top Sportsbooks NCAAB betting odds, Notre Dame is listed as a six-point favorite, with the Irish a -230 favorite and Pitt a +190 underdog on the money line.
Here are some of the NCAA college basketball betting trends as they relate to this matchup:
* PITT has covered two of its last six games
* PITT has played four of its last five games UNDER the total
* PITT has lost five of its last seven road games SU
* PITT has played 10 of its last 13 road games UNDER the total
* ND has covered one of its last six games
* ND has won six of its last seven games SU
* ND has played nine of its last ten games OVER the total
* ND has covered one of its last five home games
* ND has won its last 34 home games SU
* PITT has won the last five meetings SU
* PITT has covered four of the last seven meetings
* PITT has had the rebounding edge in six of the last seven meetings
* ND has made more three-pointers in each of the last five meetings
Pittsburgh has won five straight meetings in this series, which used to be one of tradition. But that doesn’t really mean much. You see, even though these two teams are in the same conference, they haven’t played in over two years.
Pittsburgh isn’t feeling very good about itself, having just came off its worst Big East loss in seven years as they were turned back hard by revitalized Marquette (72-54). Yet, there was some encouraging news.
Levance Fields came back from a foot injury last Friday and scored four points. He figures to be a bigger factor in this one, but is that enough? Pittsburgh has been hell on wheels in the Petersen Center, but on the road the Panthers sometimes look like deer in the headlights, splitting their away schedule at 5-5 SU & ATS.
More to the point, Notre Dame has the top inside scorer in the Big East in Luke Harangody, which is going to give Pitt’s talented freshman, DeJuan Blair, plenty to occupy himself with. Yes, we are concerned with some of the margins ND has been winning games by (three over Rutgers and Marquette in the last two weeks). But what sticks out like a sore thumb is Notre Dame’s formidability in the Joyce Center, where it has won an eye-popping 34 games in a row.
Furthermore, it has the requisite scoring balance to keep Pittsburgh’s defense off balance, plus the ability to control the boards (ninth in the nation in rebounding at home).
Let’s look for the Irish to extend its home winning streak, as we lay the six points with ND, as is posted in the Top Sportsbooks NCAAB betting odds..
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