Virginia vs Notre Dame Pick - Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/18/23

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Virginia Cavaliers meet Saturday in college basketball action from John Paul Jones Arena. Notre Dame stands at 10-16 so far this year. The Irish lost to Duke in their last game. As for Virginia, they’re fresh off a Wednesday matchup versus Louisville. In that one, the Cavaliers powered out a three-point win. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 

Notre Dame started out the year on a .500 run, going 9-9 over their first 18 games. Since then the Irish are just 1-7, taking losses to Florida State, Boston College, NC State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Duke in that time. 

On Tuesday versus Duke, the Irish took a 31-23 deficit into the locker room. Notre Dame got better on a 41-37 run from there but still lost 68-64. Topping the team scoring was Dane Goodwin with 25 points and four rebounds. 

Virginia Cavaliers 

Over on the Virginia side, they started out the season on a 12-3 stretch. The Cavaliers hit a 7-1 run over the next eight games, featuring wins over Florida State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse, NC State and Duke. 

On Wednesday versus Louisville, Virginia had a 29-26 lead by halftime. The Cavaliers kept the pace in the second half and escaped with a 61-58 win. Both Kihei Clark and Armaan Franklin put up 14 points each and Ben Vander Plas doubled on 10 points and 11 rebounds. 


I’ll probably stay with Virginia in this one, even with the sketchy performance against Louisville on Wednesday. The Cavaliers are playing great at home these days. They haven’t lost at John Paul Jones Arena since December 17 versus Houston, a span of seven straight victories. As for Notre Dame, they’ve whiffed 0-7 on the road this year and this matchup likely won’t help matters. Virginia shouldn’t have a ton of trouble keeping the Irish at bay in this one if the Cavaliers play anywhere near their capabilities. That said, I’m probably avoiding this one due to the relatively thick line. 

Andrew Jett's Free Pick:Virginia Cavaliers -14.5