College Basketball Picks: St. John’s Red Storm vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

St. John’s Red Storm at No. 24 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Tuesday, 3/5/13, 7:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN2
Opening Point Spread:  Notre Dame -8.5
Current Betting Line:  Notre Dame -8.5
Opening Total:  126
Current Total:  126
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 0-2 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points this season
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 0-2 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points this season

St. John’s has dropped four of its last five games, including a 62-59 setback to the Providence Friars as 6.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the total for the second consecutive contest.  “We’ve been awful from the 3-point line, so that’s not new,” commented Red Storm coach Steve Lavin.  The Red Storm are hitting just 28.9 percent of their shots from beyond the arc, which is the worst mark in the Big East Conference.  St. John’s is 9-7 ATS versus conference foes this year, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks against the spread Tuesday night.

The Red Storm have won and covered the spread in their last three meetings with the Fighting Irish, including a 67-63 victory as seven-point home underdogs on Jan. 15, while the UNDER has cashed in each of those opportunities.  It’s important to note that the program has lost six of its last seven trips to South Bend in the series.

Notre Dame had its two-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it suffered a 72-64 defeat to the Marquette Golden Eagles as six-point road underdogs Saturday, while going OVER the total for the first time in four contests.  The Fighting Irish received very little from Jack Cooley in that affair, as he was limited to 15 minutes of floor time due to the flu.  The program is 11-11 against St. John’s in Big East play, including a 7-8 mark under coach Mike Brey.  Notre Dame is 0-2 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points this season, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.

The Fighting Irish have won their final regular-season home game in each of the last seven seasons.  Notre Dame has a plus-42 rebound advantage in its last three games, while it has tallied a 16-1 record when wining the battle on the glass during the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season.  Over the last seven seasons, the squad is 25-8 in its final five games of the conference regular-season schedule.

Sports bettors will likely back the Red Storm due to their 8-2 ATS mark in the last 10 meetings in this series.

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