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Notre Dame vs. Virginia - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Virginia at Notre Dame
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
Purcell Pavilion
Notre Dame, Indiana
The Line
The Line: Notre Dame +11.5 -- Over/Under: 122.5
TV Channel
CBS
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The Virginia Cavaliers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Purcell Pavilion.

The Virginia Cavaliers look for another victory to build on their 17-1 record. The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 73.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 52.4 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Kyle Guy is averaging 15 points and 4.4 rebounds while De'Andre Hunter is averaging 14.4 points and 2.2 assists. Ty Jerome is the third double-digit scorer and Braxton Key is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers are shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Cavaliers are allowing 24.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Virginia Cavaliers have won four of their last five road games.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish need a statement win here after losing five of their last six games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 74 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting. John Mooney is averaging 14.4 points and 10.8 rebounds while TJ Gibbs is averaging 13.7 points and 4.1 assists. D.J. Harvey is the third double-digit scorer and Rex Pflueger is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won eight of their last 10 home games.

The Cavaliers are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 road games, 53-25-3 ATS in their last 81 Saturday games and 39-16-1 ATS in their last 56 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Fighting Irish last 4 overall. The under is 37-15-1 in Cavaliers last 53 road games.

The Virginia Cavaliers have had no problem winning on the road this season and are winning those games by an average of 14.3 points. Virginia is also an impressive 15-3 ATS this season with a 7-1 ATS in non-home games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are just not the same as past years, as the offensive firepower isn't there and they're just 4-9 ATS in home games. This is a lot of points to give a well coached Notre Dame team at home that's capable of putting together a solid performance, but it's tough to bet against Virginia this season with the way it's covered numbers left and right. I'll eat the chalk.

Pick:
Virginia -11.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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