Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-6) at Virginia Cavaliers (7-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 4:30 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -9 -- Over/Under: 125.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Virginia Cavaliers meet in college basketball action from the John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday afternoon.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be looking to rebound from a 77-63 loss to Virginia Tech last time out that dropped the Irish to 3-7 on the year. Nate Laszewski leads the Irish in scoring and rebounding with 17.2 PPG and 7.8 RPG while Prentiss Hubb leads Notre Dame in assists while sitting 2nd in scoring with 14.2 PPG as well as 4.8 APG and Dane Goodwin has 13.6 PPG with 5 RPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for Notre Dame heading into this matchup. As a team, Notre Dame is averaging 70.6 PPG on 44.5% shooting from the field, 37.7% from behind the arc and 79.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.5 PPG on 44.6% shooting from the field and 37.7% from 3-point range this season.
The Virginia Cavaliers will look to build off of a 61-49 win over Boston College in their last outing to improve to 7-2 on the year. Sam Hauser leads Virginia in scoring and rebounding with 13.7 PPG with 7.3 RPG while Jay Huff is 2nd in scoring and boards with 12.3 PPG and 5.9 RPG on the year. Trey Murphy III has 11 PPG and Kihei Clark has 10.7 PPG while also leading Virginia in assists with 3.3 APG on the year. As a team, Virginia is averaging 71.6 PPG on 49.2% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 79.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 59.4 PPG on 40.4% shooting from the field and 35.5% from 3-point range this season.
Notre Dame is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Virginia is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games following a win.
I’ve been on Notre Dame a couple of times this season and gotten burned each time simply because the offense isn’t producing. This is a talented Notre Dame squad so the lack of offensive production is truly hard to get a grasp on. Virginia doesn’t have a flashy offense but they’re one of the best defensive teams in the countries year after year and against a subpar offensive unit like Notre Dame, I don’t think things suddenly change I’ll lay the points with Virginia in this spot.