College Basketball Picks: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Saturday, 12/21/13, 7:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Ohio State -7.5
Current Betting Line:  Ohio State -7.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Ohio State Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their L4 games versus teams with a winning record
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their L4 games versus teams with a winning record

Notre Dame returns to the court following a week off for final exams, as it comes off a 79-72 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers as 3.5-point neutral-site underdogs, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in four opportunities.  The Fighting Irish are 7-11 SU against Big Ten Conference opponents under head coach Mike Brey, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  The team has four probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard Jerian Grant leading the way at 19.1 points a contest.  Notre Dame is 5-2 ATS in its last seven neutral site affairs.

The Fighting Irish own a 58-48 SU all-time record when playing inside Madison Square Garden, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball lines page.  Backcourt mates Eric Atkins and Grant both have reached the 1,000-point career mark in scoring this season, while both have played an instrumental part in the program possessing the country’s best assist-to-turnover ratio.  The team also ranks ninth nationally in knocking down 77.4 percent of its free throw attempts.

Ohio State has won its first 11 games of the 2013-14 campaign, including a 76-64 victory over Delaware last time out.  The Buckeyes are second in NCAA basketball statistics in allowing opponents to shoot just 24.7 percent from beyond the arc, while sitting behind just two teams in allowing 55.5 points per game.  Offensively, the team has shot 52 percent or better from the field in five of its last six games, with LaQuinton Ross leading the way in averaging 17.4 points over that span.  Ohio State is 4-0 ATS in its last four games versus teams with a winning record.

The Buckeyes own a 7-4 all-time advantage over the Fighting Irish, including wins in four of the last five meetings.  Ohio State has one of the best point guards in the country in Aaron Craft, who is the school’s all-time leader in assists and steals.  Craft and Ross were both selected to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list on Nov. 12.

Sports bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to the Fighting Irish being 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference affairs.

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