Villanova at Notre Dame Preview 3/2/09

College Basketball Betting Preview
Villanova (23-6) at Notre Dame (16-12)
Monday, 7:00 pm Eastern – ESPN


SBG Global Opening Line: Notre Dame  – 3.5  ,  Total  TBA


Notre Dame gets another chance to impress the NCAA Tournament committee as they host 10th ranked Villanova on Monday.  The Fighting Irish are 7-9 in the Big East and definitely on the bubble for making the NCAA Tournament.  The Irish played 2nd ranked Connecticut on Saturday and they were in the game for the most part but lost 72-65. “I think we still have a shot (at the NCAA tournament),” said guard Kyle McAlarney, “We’ve been recovering from losses from this all year. This isn’t a game where a loss knocks us out. A win would have propelled us, but we can still recover from this.”  The Irish really need a win over Villanova on Monday to improve their tourney resume. SBG Global reports that early College basketball line has the public taking Villanova on the Road.


If Villanova expects to win on Monday they will need a better effort from Luke Harangody who leads the Big East in scoring at 23.6 points per game.  He is averaging just over 17 points in his last three games.


The Wildcats are coming off a poor shooting effort on Saturday against Georgetown as they lost 56-54. The Wildcats shot 33.3 percent and it cost them. “I thought we played hard but we didn’t execute and didn’t adjust to their defense,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “They played better. They knew our personnel and did a great job of playing our personnel and executing their game plan.”


Here are the College Basketball betting stats for Monday’s game. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the two teams.


The Fighting Irish are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 vs. the Big East. The Fighting Irish are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Fighting Irish are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 Monday games.


SBG Global Current Line: Notre Dame  – 3  ,  Total  TBA


The Over is 7-1 in the Wildcats last 8 road games. The Over is 6-2 in the Wildcats last 8 overall. The Over is 6-2 in the Wildcats last 8 vs. the Big East.


The Under is 4-1 in Notre Dame’s last 5 home games. The Under is 4-1 in Notre Dame’s last 5 vs. the Big East.


Pick: Nova

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