Virginia vs. Notre Dame - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-12) at Virginia Cavaliers (27-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Virginia Cavaliers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the John Paul Jones Arena.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look for a statement win after winning five of their last seven games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 76.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Bonzie Colson is averaging 20.7 points and 10.3 rebounds while Matt Farrell is averaging 17.1 points and 5.4 assists. TJ Gibbs is the third double-digit scorer and Martinas Geben is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have lost five of their last seven road games.
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The Virginia Cavaliers look for another win after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 67.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 52.6 points on 37.6 percent shooting. Kyle Guy is averaging 14.5 points and 2.4 rebounds while Devon Hall is averaging 11.8 points and 3.1 assists. Ty Jerome is the third double-digit scorer and De'Andre Hunter is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Cavaliers are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game. The Virginia Cavaliers have won 15 of their last 16 home games.
The Fighting Irish are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 vs. Atlantic Coast and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
We know the Virginia Cavaliers have been argubaly the most consistent team in the country and have been really solid ATS as well. However, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are rather dangerous now that they have Bonzie Colson back in the mix. Colson is one of the top big men in the country and makes the Irish a scary basketball team. Notre Dame also needs as many wins as it can get to prove its worthy of being in the big dance. Not saying an upset takes place, but a free 10 points is too sweet to pass up.