NCAA Basketball Point Spread: OFF O/U OFF
Projected Odds: Even though UCONN has lost 2 straight and Notre Dame has won 2 straight I think the Huskies will be favored in this home game by around 7-8 points. Check back to Coopers Pick on early Sunday for the lines to this Big East game.
Futures Odds to win NCAA Championship: UCONN 16.00 / Notre Dame 251.00
Tip Off: Sunday January 29, 2012 12 PM EST on ESPN3
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UCONN (14-5) has lost 2 straight and both losses were against unranked teams. To get back on track they will have to beat a Notre Dame (13-8) team that has won 2 in a row including handing Syracuse their first loss of the season. The Irish have a better Big East record than the Huskies (5-3, 4-3), but they are still on the bubble of the Big Dance and may get off it with a win over a ranked UCONN team in their house.
Last season Notre Dame beat UCONN twice and in both games the Huskies were ranked. However, in their last win Syracuse crushed Notre Dame 67-53.
In their last games Notre Dame beat Notre Dame 55-42 while UCONN lost to Tennessee 60-57.
This season Notre Dame is 5-8-2 ATS and they have an O/U record of 3-12 and UCONN is 6-9 ATS with an O/U record of 5-10.
The Fighting Irish has to forget about their loss a couple weeks back to UCONN where they stunk up the court shooting 32.3% from the floor, only shot a 3-pt FG% of 23.1%, and they were out-rebounded 42-30.
Tim Abromaitis is out for the season with a torn ACL and he has been missed as the team’s leading scorer and 2nd leading rebounder. Now the leading scorer for the Irish is Eric Atkins (12.9 ppg) and in the game against UCONN earlier this season he played well, but no other starter shot at least 50% from the floor. Atkins must play well and get some help from Jerian Grant (12.8 ppg) and Jack Cooley (10.9 ppg).
Cooley (8.5 rpg) also has to step up on the boards and some other players have to step up on the glass as well since UCONN ranks 30th in the nation in rebounds per game while Notre Dame only ranks 181st.
UCONN has struggled to shoot the rock in their last couple of games, especially in the loss to Tennessee, and leading scorer Jeremy Lamb (17.9 ppg) and Shabazz Napier (14.8 ppg) have been playing well they have had to do it all. This G duo needs some scoring from the frontcourt or the Irish will pack the perimeter to keep these guys in check.
4 players for the Huskies scored in double figures in the earlier win over the Irish with Lamb only going for 6 points and if that happens again Notre Dame will be going home with a loss.
In some betting trends for this Big East match up Notre Dame is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games and in their last 5 games the posted total has gone Under every time.
UCONN is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games and they have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.