Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech- 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Virginia Tech (16-14) at Notre Dame(18-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center)
The Line: Notre Dame -6.5 -- Over/Under: 140 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Virginia Tech Hokies (16-14, CONF 7-12) and Notre Dame FIghting Irish (18-12, CONF 9-10) face off in an ACC showdown at the Joyce Center. Virginia Tech has won their last two games over Notre Dame, but this is the first meeting between the two squads this year.
Virginia Tech has struggled since conference play started, but they come into this game off a big win against Clemson. The Hokes defense locked down against the Tigers giving up only 58 points and that led to a 12 point victory.
Away from home this season Virginia Tech has a 3-6 record and the offense has let them down averaging only 60.3 points.
Virginia Tech is led by guard Landers Nolley II who is averaging 15.9 points while shooting 37.4 percent from the field. Each of the last two games, Nolley has scored only 13 points, and they need a better game out of him.
Notre Dame has played decent this season, but they can’t be happy with the way they played each of the last two games. In the last game the Fighting Irish gave Florida State everything they could handle, but they couldn’t pull it off and that would have been key for their tournament hopes.
At home this season Notre Dame has a 14-4 record and the offense has been strong averaging 79.6 points per game.
Over the last five games Notre Dame’s defense has let them down giving up 73 points and letting opponents shoot 42.9 percent from the field. Tie Fighting Irish are led by John Mooney who is averaging 16.8 points while shooting 46.6 percent from the field.
Virginia Tech is 2-11 against the spread in their last 13 games overall. Notre Dame is 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games played on Saturday. The road team is 8-1 against the spread in the last nine meetings between Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. The over is 10-4 Notre Dame’s last 14 games overall. The under is 16-7 in Virginia Tech’s last 23 games played on Saturday.
Notre Dame is the better team and they know how important this game is. Look for Virginia Tech to struggle to score and that will be enough for Notre Dame to win and cover the spread.