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Notre Dame trying to stop skid

Notre Dame will tip off against Cincinnati at 7 tonight looking to stop some bad trends.

The No. 16 Irish (14-4, 3-3 Big East) come into tonight's game against the No. 25 Bearcats (16-2, 3-2) on a two-game losing streak that featured poor shooting performances and bad ball security.

Notre Dame is second to last – 15th – in scoring average in league games, mustering only 64.5 points per game.

In losses to Marquette and St. John's last week, the Irish scored 57 and 54 points and were held to 39.6 percent shooting by the Golden Eagles and 41 percent shooting by the Red Storm.

Notre Dame is averaging 75.7 points and 44.8 percent shooting overall this season.

The Irish also need to take better care of the ball tonight.

Notre Dame had a season-high 20 turnovers against St. John's, and the Irish turned the ball over 13 times against Marquette.

Notre Dame had been one of the best programs at taking care of the ball since the NCAA started tracking assist/turnover ratio in 2007 as the Irish have finished fourth or better in that category every season.

Entering tonight's game, Notre Dame is eighth nationally and 11th in the Big East in assist/turnover ratio at 1.02. And in the Irish's last three conference games, they have had more turnovers than assists.

Cincinnati will likely copy Marquette's and St. John's by pressuring Notre Dame.

The Bearcats had not allowed a team to have more assists than turnovers this season until their 67-52 loss to Syracuse on Saturday.

The best news for the Irish tonight is that they are at home where they are 11-0 this season and have won three Big East games.

Notre Dame is desperate for a win, but it will be a tough challenge to get that victory against the No. 2 scoring defense in the league. Cincinnati is giving up 63.6 points per game.

The Irish will likely have to wait for their next game, which is at home against Marquette on Saturday, before they stop their skid.