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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Cornell Big Red Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/1/13

Cornell Big Red (0-8) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Joyce Center)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -25 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Cornell Big Red face off on Sunday in South Bend in college basketball action.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are off to a 4-1 start to the season as they play their first year as members of the ACC. Mike Bray’s ND team doesn’t begin conference play until January but they have some big matchups ahead before then most notably against Indiana and Ohio State. Jerian Grant leads the Irish averaging 19.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game. Eric Atkins is averaging 13 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.0 steals, Garrick Sherman is averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds, and Pat Connaughton is averaging 10 points and 6.2 rebounds. Note Dame is averaging 80.2 points per game and they are shooting 49.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.6 points and their opponents shoot 40.9 percent. Notre Dame started the season ranked but they fell out of the rankings wen they lost to Indiana State.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Cornell Big Red Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/1/13

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The Cornell Big Red usually field a solid college hoops squad but this year they have started the year 0-8. Cornell has played the 121st ranked schedule in the nation but Bill Courtney’s team has had zero success against it. Nolan Cressler is averaging 18.2 points and 4.2 rebounds to lead the Big Red. Robert Hatter is averaging 11.4 points, Devin Cherry is averaging 9.2 points, and Dwight Tarwater is averaging 8.0 points and 7.0 rebounds. Cornell is averaging 68.9 points and they are shooting 42.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 85.5 points and their opponents are shooting 50.7 percent. Cornell might have to wait another game to get their first win.

Notre Dame is 1-4 against the spread following a win, 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four home games. Cornell is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight road games, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record.

Notre Dame wins this game but the line is way too big against a team who covers the spread as often as Cornell. 

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Cornell Big Red +25

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