|Monday College Basketball Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh Picks & Predictions|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Monday, 18 February 2013 14:00|
Notre Dame vs. PITT Free Pick
PITTSBURGH, PA (ATS Consultants)–.A pair of ranked Big East teams that are likely to play in the tournament next month will square off at 7:00PM ET tonight when No. 20 Pittsburgh hosts No. 25 Notre Dame at the Petersen Events Center.
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed Pittsburgh as a 10.5-point favorite over Notre Dame, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 122.5 points at most sports books. The Fighting Irish enter tonight’s game with a 20-6 overall record and are 8-5 in the Big East, while the Panthers are 20-6 overall and 8-5 in conference play.
LINE MOVEMENT: Pittsburgh opened as a 10.5-point favorite and that’s where the spread currently remains at most sports books. As for the total, it opened at 123.5 but it’s been bet down to 122.5 at most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 75% of college basketball public bettors currently favor Notre Dame. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Notre Dame. According to the latest college basketball trends, Notre Dame is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings, Dog is 4-0 ATS last 4 in series and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Notre Dame has won and covered four straight in this series. Both teams should be in the NCAA Tournament, but they want to position themselves for a high seed in the Big East Tournament and NCAA's. They are tied for fifth at 8-5 in the congested and competitive Big East, where a top-10 finish earns a first-round conference tournament bye and winding up in the top four comes with a double bye. Jack Cooley, a 6-9 burly senior forward, leads the team in scoring (14.6) and rebounding (11.2), and has recorded six consecutive double-doubles. Notre Dame, which has won four straight over Pittsburgh, has also received strong guard play from Jerian Grant (13 points, 5.8 assists) and Eric Atkins (11.7, 5.9). Pitt wins with strong defense as they allow just 55.5 points per game, but Notre Dame can play the slow tempo. Notre Dame loves to share the ball as they are second in the country in assists with 17.9 per game. They don't need a dominant scorer and in this game, where they are a double digit dog, expect them to play better after a terrible performance against Providence.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH +10.5