NCAAB game of the day: Notre Dame at Syracuse
Notre Dame at Syracuse (-8, 133)
Syracuse aims to keep its losing streak from reaching three games when it hosts Notre Dame on Monday. The No. 6 Orange had been sailing along and won their first six Big East games before losing back-to-back outings to Villanova and Pittsburgh. The loss to the Panthers on Saturday knocked Syracuse out of first place in the Big East. The Orange are now a half-game behind Marquette. Notre Dame is in a three-way tie for third.
The Fighting Irish can bolster their NCAA tournament resume with a road win against the Orange. Notre Dame struggled on the road Saturday and had to go overtime to defeat lowly DePaul. The Fighting Irish have won three consecutive games overall. Syracuse is 13-0 at home with 10 of the victories coming by 20 or more points. The Orange have a 35-game homecourt winning streak that is the longest in the nation but had to score the final five points to squeak past Cincinnati 57-55 in their most-recent contest at the Carrier Dome.TV:
7 p.m. ET, ESPNABOUT NOTRE DAME (18-4, 6-3 Big East):
Senior forward Jack Cooley continued his huge season with 26 points and 16 rebounds in the victory over DePaul. Cooley fell one point shy of tying his career-best output and did match his season-best for rebounding. He has grabbed 15 or more rebounds five times in his career and has recorded 14 double-doubles this season. Cooley leads the Fighting Irish in both scoring (15) and rebounding (11.3). Junior guard Jerian Grant averages 12.6 points and junior guard Eric Atkins chips in 11.8. Notre Dame commits just 10.3 turnovers per game and has had fewer than 10 miscues in six of its nine Big East contests.ABOUT SYRACUSE (18-3, 6-2):
The offense stagnates when both senior Brandon Triche and sophomore Michael Carter-Williams are struggling with their shots in the same game. The two guards were a combined 7-of-26 from the field – including 1-for-10 from 3-point range – in the loss to Pittsburgh. “We missed a lot of shots,” Carter-Williams said afterwards. “I was like 3-for-12. Brandon didn’t shoot the ball great. So if me and him don’t shoot the ball good, we’re going to lose.” Triche averages a team-high 14.9 points while Carter-Williams averages 12.6 points and 8.6 assists. Junior forward C.J. Fair scored 20 points against the Panthers and averages 13.7 points and team-leading seven rebounds.TRENDS:
* Orange are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
* Fighting Irish are 1-5 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
* Home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.TIP-INS:
1. Notre Dame won last season’s lone meeting to break a three-game losing streak against Syracuse.
2. Orange starting C DaJuan Coleman will miss his second game after recent knee surgery.
3. Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey has 139 Big East wins and is tied with former St. John’s coach Louie Carnesecca for fourth-most in conference history.