Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-3) at Virginia Tech Hokies (11-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 1, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -11 -- Over/Under: 143
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Virginia Tech Hokies meet in ACC conference college basketball action from the Cassell Coliseum on Tuesday afternoon.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish come into this game looking to build on their 4-game winning streak after scraping by winless Coppin State by a final score of 63-56 in their last outing. Temple Gibbs led the Irish with 15 points on 4 of 16 shooting with 3 threes along with a team-high 5 assists while John Mooney came right behind with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Dane Goodwin added 13 points and 6 boards to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Notre Dame in the winning effort. Juwan Durham added 6 points with team-highs of 10 rebounds and a whopping 6 blocks in the victory. Gibbs leads Notre Dame with an average of 14.2 points and 3.8 assists per game while Mooney leads the Irish in rebounding with 9.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Notre Dame is averaging 77.4 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the arc and 75% from the foul line this season.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will look to build on their current 6-game winning streak after an 85-40 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore in their last outing. Ahmed Hill led the Hokies with 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 6 threes while Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Wabissa Bede added 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting with 4 threes and team-highs of 7 rebounds and 6 assists. P.J. Horne added 11 points on a perfect 5 of 5 shooting with 6 rebounds to finish off the quartet of double-digit scorers for Virginia Tech in the win, while Justin Robinson added 8 points along with 6 assists and a pair of steals of his own. Nickeil Alexander-Walker missed the last game with an ankle sprain but still leads the Hokies in scoring with 18.5 points per game while Robinson leads the Hokies in assists with 5.9 helpers per game and Blackshear Jr. leads Virginia Tech on the glass with 5.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Virginia Tech is averaging 81.5 points per game while owning the 6th-best field goal percentage in the country, shooting 51.2% from the floor, along with the 4th-best 3-point percentage in D-I, shooting 44.4% from behind the arc this season. The Hokies are one of the best in the country defensively, giving up the 5th-fewest points per game this season, holding opponents to just 56.6 points per game so far this year.
Notre Dame is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the ACC. Virginia Tech is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games while the under is 9-0 in their last 9 games against the ACC. Notre Dame is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Virginia Tech and the road team is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Virginia Tech have been monsters at home this season, outscoring their opponents by an average of 35 points per game this season. However, with all due respect to the Hokies, none of Virginia Tech’s opponents at home this season have been particularly tough. And as far as this matchup goes, home court hasn’t really mattered as the road team has covered in the last 7 meetings, including Notre Dame covering in each of their last 5 trips to Cassell Coliseum. None of Notre Dame’s 3 losses have been more than 5 points, and two of those losses came to some tough opposition in the form of UCLA and Oklahoma. I think Notre Dame is more than capable of keeping this game within single digits, so I’ll take the Fighting Irish and the points here.