Notre Dame vs. Virginia - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-12) vs. Virginia (23-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -2.0 -- Over/Under 116.5
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are set to clash with the 17th ranked Virginia Cavaliers. The Fighting Irish are (20-12), coming off a 80-58 win over Boston College. The Cavaliers are (23-7), after getting past Louisville, 57-54.
In the Fighting Irish win over Boston College, Notre Dame was guided on offense by Prentiss Hubb. Hubb collected 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists. Notre Dame converted on 46 percent from the floor and 42 percent from 3-point distance. Notre Dame was out rebounded, 44 to 36. The Fighting Irish had 19 assists on 29 made baskets. Notre Dame out scored Boston College, 30 to 18.
John Mooney is averaging 16.5 points and 12.8 rebounds per contest for the Fighting Irish. TJ Gibbs is recording 13.2 points and 3.2 assists per game. Notre Dame is averaging 74.1 points per game, while converting on 34.3 percent from the floor.
In the Cavaliers win over Louisville, Virginia was led offensively by Kihei Clark. Clark recorded 18 points, 5 rebonds, and 5 assists. Virginia connected on 41 percent from the floor and 29 percent from 3-point distance. The Cavaliers out scored Louisville from the charity stripe, 15 to 7. The Cavaliers forced 12 turnovers in the game.
The Cavaliers have been guided on offense this season by Mamadi Diakite. Diakite is averaging 13.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Clark is totaling 10.8 points and 5.9 assists per contest. Virginia is averaging 57 points per game, while connecting on 41.3 percent from the floor.
Recent Betting Trends:
Notre Dame is 3-5 ATS in their last 8 games.
Notre Dame is 9-4 SU in their last 13 games.
The over is The under is 15-17 in Notre Dame’s games.
Virginia is 12-16-2 ATS on the season.
Virginia is 5-3-2 ATS in their last 10.
The under is 17-13 in Virginia’s games this year.
The Fighting Irish just blew out the Boston College, while the Cavaliers had a bye. Virginia has gotten back to the basics and looks like their old self on defense. Virginia has won 8 straight, having allowed 56 or less points in 6 of their last 8 wins. I'm going to side with Virginia due to their defense, as Notre Dame should show some regression from playing back to back days. The regression should be more noticeable when going up against the best scoring defense in the country. Final score prediction, Virginia will win and cover against the spread, 61-55.