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Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Purcell Pavilion
Notre Dame, Indiana
The Line
The Line: Notre Dame +3.5 -- Over/Under: 132
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Virginia Tech at Notre Dame
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The Virginia Tech Hokies and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Purcell Pavilion.

The Virginia Tech Hokies need a win here after splitting their last six games. The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 74.7 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 61.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is averaging 16.7 points and 3.8 assists while Justin Robinson is averaging 14.4 points and 3.4 rebounds. Kerry Blackshear Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Ahmed Hill is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Virginia Tech Hokies are shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Tech Hokies are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game. The Virginia Tech Hokies have split their last eight road games.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish also need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 70.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting. John Mooney is averaging 14.1 points and 10.9 rebounds while TJ Gibbs is averaging 13.9 points and 3.6 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 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have lost four of their last five home games.

The Hokies are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast, 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The road team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Fighting Irish last 11 overall. The over is 4-1 in Hokies last 5 overall.

The Virginia Tech Hokies smoked Notre Dame on New Years Day, which included 60 percent shooting, but they're not the same team without Justin Robinson in the lineup and are averaging just 63.8 points in their last five games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are piling up the losses and struggle offensively, but they've been a lot more competitive lately, losing by just 2.4 points in their last five games and took Virginia down to the wire on the road last week. If Notre Dame can't win this game at home, this is a club that probably won't win a game the rest of the season. I'll take the free bucket with the Irish.

Pick:
Notre Dame +3.5

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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