Notre Dame at Cincinnati (-4, 134)
Through no fault of its own, No. 19 Notre Dame and its 11-game winning streak figure to take a back seat on Monday when the Fighting Irish travel to No. 15 Cincinnati. The Notre Dame football team, which will meet Alabama on the gridiron in the BCS title game two hours, may remove some of the luster off the basketball team that is one win shy of matching its longest winning streak under coach Mike Brey. The Irish – like their football brethren hopes to do – returned from a long layoff and did not miss a beat in Saturday’s 93-74 victory over Seton Hall. The Bearcats, who haven’t dropped three straight at home since a five-game slide in 2007, are looking to rebound from two one-point setbacks at Fifth Third Arena over their last three games after Saturday’s 53-52 loss to St. John’s.
TV: 6:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2.
ABOUT NOTRE DAME (13-1, 1-0 Big East): The Irish are averaging 79.5 points and shooting 53.5 percent from the field during their 11-game winning streak. Even as Jack Cooley was posting his 10th double-double and Eric Atkins his fifth against the Pirates, Notre Dame may have been the most pleased with the contributions of sixth-year senior Scott Martin, who drained a career-high six 3-pointers en route to a season-high 22 points Saturday. The Irish will be playing their first true road game of the season; eight of the team’s nine Big East regular-season losses over the past two campaigns have come on the road.
ABOUT CINCINNATI (13-2, 1-1): The Bearcats entered Saturday as the second-best rebounding team in the country, but lost the battle of the boards for just the third time this season. Cincinnati, which owns the nation’s ninth-best field goal percentage defense (35.7), will present a formidable challenge to the efficient Irish offense that ranks third in the country in shooting percentage (51.5). Sean Kilpatrick – the team’s leading scorer – has been limited to 22 points in the Bearcats’ losses against New Mexico and St. John’s, shooting just 22.2 percent in those games. In the team’s 13 wins, he is averaging 18.9 points and shooting 46.7 percent.
* Fighting Irish are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
* Bearcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss.
* Over is 4-0 in Notre Dame’s last four overall.
* Under is 6-1 in Bearcats’ last seven overall.
1. Notre Dame’s most recent 12-game winning streak occurred during the 2006-07 season.
2. Cincinnati has won nine of its last 12 games against ranked opponents.
3. Cashmere Wright needs one assist to move Bearcat legend Oscar Robertson (425) for sole possession of fourth place in school history.