Cincinnati @ Notre Dame
This will be a big matchup for separating some of the teams in the big gooey middle of the Big East. Cincinnati (5-4) is another Big East team on the bubble, while Notre Dame (4-5) wishes they were on the bubble. Cincinnati has only one road win on the year and it’s tough to get excited about a win at Rutgers.
It will be fun to watch Luke Harangody muscle up against Yancy Gates down low. Harangody seems to get frustrated when opponents get really physical with him and Gates brings the physical. If Gates can force him into settling for jumpers beyond mid range, the Bearcats could be in business. Defensively, ND is a wreck, but the Bearcats don’t have the efficient scorers to take proper advantage – Lance Stephenson shoots 19% from 3 and Deonta Vaughn (did he play with Steve Logan?) is only shooting 41% from the field. Look for Harangody to get Gates in foul trouble allowing ND to win this game rather easily.
Notre Dame – 83
Cincinnati - 73