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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/22/14

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-13) at Virginia Cavaliers (22-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to Virginia to play the Cavaliers on Saturday.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish dropped to 14-13, 5-9 ACC after losing at Miami 71-64 on Wednesday night. On the season, Garrick Sherman leads the Irish in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for Notre Dame. Eric Atkins is averaging 13.8 points per game while averaging a team-high 6.2 assists per game. The Fighting Irish are shooting 45.6% from the field while averaging 73.3 points per game as a team this season. Notre Dame is a decent rebounding team and they are one of the best teams when it comes to distributing the basketball, averaging 15.6 assists per game. The Fighting Irish have lost six out of their last nine games overall. Notre Dame will be out on the road where they are 1-7 on the season.

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/22/14

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The Virginia Cavaliers improved to 22-5, 13-1 ACC after beating Virginia Tech 57-53 on Tuesday night. On the season, Malcolm Brogdon is averaging a team-high 12.3 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. Joe Harris is averaging a second-best 11.6 points per game, while Akil Mitchell is averaging a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers are shooting 44.6% from the field while averaging 65.8 points per game as a team this season. Virginia is a good rebounding team, averaging 36.1 boards per game. The Cavaliers are on a roll as they have won ten straight games, all in conference play. Virginia will be back at home after playing three of four on the road. The Cavaliers have not lost a home game since the beginning of December against Wisconsin.

Virginia didn’t play great against Virginia Tech this week but they still managed to come away with the win. Notre Dame is a mess and the Irish have to be looking forward to the end of the season. The Cavaliers will make it tough for Notre Dame to score over 55 points, while Virginia should have no problem scoring against a soft Notre Dame squad. Virginia wins and covers at home on Saturday.

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Virginia -12

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