Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/19/14
Virginia Tech Hokies (8-8) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Joyce Center)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies travel to Notre Dame to play the Fighting Irish on Sunday.
Virginia Tech dropped to 8-8 on the year after losing at home against Clemson 56-49 on Wednesday. The Hokies shot only 41.7% from the field and 31.3% from behind the arc. Virginia Tech reached the free-throw line 14 times and made only 28.6% of their attempts. Devin Wilson scored a team-high 14 points, while Ben Emelogu and Joey van Zegeren each scored 11. On the season, the Hokies are led by Jarell Eddie, who is averaging a team-high 15.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Adam Smith is averaging 11.8 points, while Wilson averages a team-high 4.8 assists. Virginia Tech is averaging 70.1 points per game while shooting 43.1% from the field. The Hokies are a good rebounding team, pulling down almost 40 boards per game. Virginia Tech has now lost three straight games and five out of their last six. The Hokies have only played one true road game all year where they won in overtime down in Miami.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish dropped to 10-7 on the season after losing at Maryland 74-66 on Wednesday night. Notre Dame shot 48% from the field and 31.8% from three-point range. The Irish reached the charity stripe 20 times and only made 55% of their attempts. Pat Connaughton scored 19 points for Notre Dame, who went 10 for 26 from the floor and committed 8 turnovers over the final 20 minutes while letting a 9-point halftime lead get away. Garrick Sherman finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Eric Atkins dished out a team-high 6 assists. On the year, Sherman leads the team with 14.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Atkins averages a team-high 4.9 assists, while Connaughton averages a team-high 7.2 rebounds. The Irish are averaging a solid 77.9 points per game while shooting 46.9 % from the field. Notre Dame is one of the best teams in the country when it comes to distributing the ball, averaging 17.2 assists per contest. Notre Dame has dropped three in a row and they are off to a 1-3 start in their new ACC conference.
The Hokies and the Fighting Irish have not met since 2004 so there is not much history between the two schools. In my opinion, Notre Dame is the better all-around team even after losing Grant. Eddie may be the best player on the floor on Sunday, but the Hokies will struggle against the Irish defense, while the Irish should have no problem scoring against a soft Hokies defense. I’m siding with Notre Dame to win by double-digits at home on Sunday.