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02/18/2011 8:29 PM
FIGHTING IRISH: Notre Dame has won their past 7 games, as they are playing some of the best basketball in the entire nation. The Fighting Irish are 21-4 SU and 12-8 ATS overall this season. Notre Dame is currently ranked 7th in the country, and are on the short list of teams that can win the NCAA Tournament. The Irish are 3-3 both SU and ATS in true road games this season. Notre Dame is 3-4 ATS as the listed underdog this year. Notre Dame has a prolific offense, as they are averaging 75.6 PPG this year, 39th best in the nation. G Ben Hansbrough leads Notre Dame with 17.3 PPG and 4.1 APG this season, both team highs. F Tim Abromaitis is averaging 14.3 PPG and 6.4 RPG this year for the Irish. The Fighting Irish are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. Notre Dame is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. Notre Dame is 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against the Big East. The Fighting Irish are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games following a SU win. Notre Dame is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.
Fighting Irish are 10-4 ATS last 14 road games.
Under is 11-0 last 11 games against a team with a winning SU record.
MOUNTAINEERS: (-4, O/U 130.5) West Virginia has lost 3 of their last 4 games SU, a crippling blow to a team considered on the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Mountaineers are 16-9 SU and 9-13 ATS overall this season. West Virginia is one of the few teams with recent success against Notre Dame, as they've beaten them SU in 3 of the past 4 meetings. The Mountaineers are 10-2 SU and 5-4 ATS in home games this year. West Virginia is 3-5 ATS as the listed single digit favorite this season. G Casey Mitchell leads West Virginia in scoring this year, averaging a team high 15.3 PPG. Mitchell is also quite adept at the foul line, as he shoots 87%. F Kevin Jones is averaging 12.7 PPG and a team high 7 RPG for the Mountaineers this year. The Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. West Virginia is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss.
Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS last 4 games against the Big East.
FIGHTING ILLINI: Illinois has been alternating wins and losses since teh beginning of February. The Illini are widely considered as a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament heading into this weekend, so any road wins will go a long way for this team. Illinois is 17-9 SU and 13-13 ATS overall this year. The Fighting Illini are 4-4 SU and 5-3 ATS in true road games this season. Illinois is 2-3 ATS as the listed underdog this season. Thie Illini had lost 5 consecutive games SU to Michigan St. before winning the past 2 meetings. G Demetri McCamey is averaging team highs of 14.5 PPG and 6.3 APG for the Fighting Illini this year. F Mike Davis is averaging 11.5 PPG and a team high 6.9 RPG for the Illini this season. C Mike Tisdale is averaging 9.5 PPG and 6.6 RPG this season. Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Fighting Illini are 6-2 ATS last 8 meetings in Michigan St.
Under is 8-2 last 10 games against a team with a winning SU record.
SPARTANS: (-2.5, O/U 136.5) It really is amazing to see how far Michigan St. has fallen this year. Their demise this year has been shocking, and it's not getting any better. Michigan St. has lost 6 of their last 8 games SU entering tonight. The Spartans are 14-11 SU this year, easily the most disappointing team in the nation. Michigan St. is just 8-16 ATS this season, proving the above stated point. The Spartans are 10-2 SU and 4-7 ATS in home games this year. Michigan St. is 3-7 ATS as a single digit favorite this season. The Spartans lost earlier this year to Illinois, so revenge is likely to play a factor tonight. PG Kalin Lucas is averaging a team high 16.1 PPG this season. F Draymond Green is averaging 13.1 PPG this year, including team highs of 8.4 RPG and 4.2 APG for the Spartans. The Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a road winning percentage less than .400%. Michigan St. is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Spartans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU loss. Michigan St. is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
Spartans are 2-9 ATS last 11 games against the Big Ten Conference.
Under is 6-0 last 6 games following an ATS win.
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