Betting 'Big Monday' games

Why Georgetown and Oklahoma are good bets in ESPN's 'Big Monday' games

Originally Published: January 21, 2013
By Jeff Gold | ESPN Insider

ND Uni'sJoe Robbins/Getty ImagesEric Atkins, averaging a team-best 6.7 assists per game this season, has been crucial for Notre Dame.

With football season over, college basketball soon will take the spotlight for gamblers. That means it's time for your weekly chaser columns to turn to college basketball, which has games every night across the country, so there are plenty of opportunities to try to beat the lines.

Every Monday, we'll take a look at the two games airing on ESPN from a gambling perspective, with a pick on the game from Teddy Covers here on Insider.


After winning 14 of its first 15, the Fighting Irish have lost two of their past three. Notre Dame would rather this game be an up-tempo, high-scoring affair, while Georgetown would prefer the opposite. When these teams played last season, Notre Dame scored only 41 points in an 18-point loss.

When we talk about the best home-court advantages in college basketball, the usual venues that come to mind are Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke Blue Devils) and Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas Jayhawks). There never seems to be much of a mention of Notre Dame's Purcell Pavilion. But Notre Dame is 112-8 over the past seven seasons, including an incredible 47 wins in its past 49 games there. The .933 winning percentage at home over the past seven years is second in the nation behind Kansas.

Georgetown has been an impossible team to figure out, not surprising for a young team with major talent. It has a win over the UCLA Bruins in Brooklyn and a 28-point loss at home on its resume.


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