Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:54 AM

Monday's Tip Sheet

ESPN’s Big Monday in college basketball closes out the extended Presidents’ Day weekend with a pair of matchups in the ACC and Big 12.

The early games pits the North Carolina Tar Heels against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend. Later Monday night, the Iowa State Cyclones will be on the road against the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks.

North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(ESPN, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Notre Dame -4, Total 147.5
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Betting Matchup

The Tar Heels continue to struggle in conference play with a straight-up five-game losing streak. The latest setback was Saturday’s tight 64-62 loss to Virginia as slight 1 ½-point home favorites. They are 3-11 SU in the ACC and 10-15 overall. North Carolina has still managed to go 5-3 against the spread over its past eight outings with the total going OVER or ending as a PUSH in five of those games.

The Tar Heels did manage to score 62 points on the stingiest defense in the nation. They are averaging 71.0 points per game but giving up 71.5 points on defense.

Notre Dame had its hands full against Duke on Saturday in a lopsided 94-60 final score as a 12 ½-point road underdog. This was the first time the Fighting Irish (15-10 SU and ATS) failed to cover in their last seven games. They are 6-8 SU (9-5 ATS) in ACC play. They started their season with a 76-65 road loss against North Carolina as 9 ½-point underdogs.

The total has gone OVER in seven of their last nine outings. Notre Dame (74.5 PPG) has failed to score more than 61 points in each of its last three games.

Betting Trends

-- The Tar Heels are 1-6 SU in their last seven road games with a 4-3 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in five of those seven contests.

-- The Fighting Irish have won seven of their last 10 home games both SU and ATS. The total has also gone OVER in seven of those 10 games.

-- Starting with that earlier win, North Carolina has won the last seven meetings SU with the slight 4-3 edge ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of the last eight games between these two teams.

Iowa State Cyclones at Kansas Jayhawks
(ESPN, 9:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Kansas -15.5, Total 141
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Betting Matchup

Saturday’s 81-52 romp over Texas as three-point home favorites was just the Cyclones’ second SU win in their last seven games with a 3-4 record ATS. They are 4-8 SU in Big 12 play and 11-14 overall. Iowa State faced Kansas on Jan. 8 at home and came up well short in a 79-53 loss as a 5 ½-point underdog. The total stayed UNDER 146 points in that game but it has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in six of its last eight contests.

Michael Jacobson scored a season-high 21 points against Texas and Solomon Young and Prentiss Nixon each added 17 points in one of the Cyclones’ best efforts in recent weeks.

Kansas was able to extend its current SU winning streak to 10 games with Saturday’s 87-70 victory against Oklahoma. The Jayhawks (22-3 SU, 15-10 ATS) closed as 11 ½-point home favorites to cover for the third time in a row. They are 11-1 SU (8-4 ATS) in conference play to remain one game in back of No. 1 Baylor for the conference lead. The total went OVER 136 points in Saturday’s win after staying UNDER in four of their previous five games.

Marcus Garrett scored a career-high 24 points in that game with sophomore guard Devon Dotson (18.0 PPG) adding 19 points in the romp.

Betting Trends

-- The Cyclones have lost eight of their last 10 road games SU closing as underdogs but they have covered the spread in five of those games. The total has gone OVER in three of their last four road games getting points.

-- The Jayhawks are 10-1 SU in their last 11 home games closing as favorites but they have failed to cover in five of those last seven games. The total has gone OVER in four of the last five home games as favorites.

-- With the earlier win this season, Kansas is 4-2 SU in its last six games against Iowa State with an 8-2 record ATS over the last 10 meetings. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in three of the last four matchups.

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