It's been a great season for the Fighting Irish and they'll
look to add another victory at home against Seton Hall this coming Saturday.
The Seaton Hall Pirates have lost four of five and are an underwhelming
11-16 SU overall thus far in the 2010-11 campaign.
They most recently lost 64-73 on the road at Marquette,
giving them their 10th defeat in 15 conference games.
Despite losing, Jeremy Hazell had a fine performance,
racking up 23 points (8-of-18 FG) and six rebounds in 38 minutes of play.
Teammate Jeff Robinson had 11 points and five boards for Seton Hall.
The Pirates were completely demolished on the glass however,
grabbing a paltry 21 total rebounds compared to 39 for the Golden Eagles.
It's another tough spot for Seton Hall here on Saturday as
it battles it out with Ben Hansbrough and the #9 ranked Fighting Irish.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won eight of nine, but barely scraped by
Providence in its last appearance on the court.
The Fighting Irish survived a monster effort from opposing
guard Marshon Brooks (52 points) to win 94-93 in a thrilling game.
Hansbrough scored a career-high 32 points for Notre Dame
while Tim Abromaitis contributed 28 points and five rebounds in the narrow
victory. Tyrone Nash (13 points, eight boards, seven assists) was also
Irish to cover a near double-digit spread?
Right now Notre Dame is favored by 9.5 points at most of the
major sportsbooks, with 10 also available at Pinnacle. Check out the live lines
for yourself at SBRodds.
The Pirates are 5-2 ATS in their previous seven NCAA
basketball matchups but are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog.
For the Irish, they've covered in four of their last five
home contests while going 6-2 ATS in their previous eight games as a favorite.
Trends aside, it's definitely worth checking on Carleton
Scott's status for Saturday's game as tipoff gets closer. He twisted his ankle
in Notre Dame's last game and is considered questionable to play against the Pirates.
Even so, I like the Fighting Irish to cover the large
spread, with or without Scott. They've still yet to lose on their own court and
with how senior guard Ben Hansbrough has been performing lately, I don't see
them losing in this spot.
Additionally, Notre Dame has covered in three of the last
four meetings up against Seton Hall. The Pirates have also fallen short in five
straight trips to South Bend and that losing streak should continue this
My Pick: I'll be laying the considerable chalk and
siding with a strong Fighting Irish team to get it done.