Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17-2) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Cassell Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +9 See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish head to Virginia Tech on Thursday night to face off against the Hokies.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are just below the .500 mark on the year, as the Hokies are sitting at 8-9 currently. The Hokies are averaging just 68 points per game this season. Virginia Tech heads into this home meeting with the Fighting Irish having dropped five straight. The Hokies have had a tough stretch, facing three top 25 teams within that five game stretch, and things don't get any easier here, facing Notre Dame on Thursday, with the Cavaliers right on deck.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are playing some really good ball this season, as the Irish are sitting at 17-2 and are ranked in the top ten nationally. The Irish still have that home loss to Virginia fresh in their minds, so even thought he Hokies are far from world beaters, don't expect the Irish to take them too lightly here on Thursday. Notre Dame heads into this meeting with the Hokies, shooting nearly 53 percent from the field this season, ranking the Irish second in the nation in field goal percentage. If the Hokies are to have any shot here, Va. Tech needs to disrupt this offense and take advantages of miscues.
I'm going to take the Hokies in this spot. I think Virginia Tech can hang with the Irish on the boards, and that should turn into some extra chances for a Hokie team that is not the greatest shooting from the field. The Irish are far better, but I just can't lay double digits on the road in this spot, especially considering how battle tested the Hokies already are this season. Tough to go to the window and bet against the Irish, but in this spot that looks like the play.