Hokies vs. Fighting Irish Prediction
The 20th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will look to bounce back from a loss to their rivals today when they travel to play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Can Virginia Tech get back on the winning track this afternoon?
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Purcell Pavilion at 4PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Hokies are a 3.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 133 points. As of Saturday morning, 54 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Virginia Tech. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Hokies fall to rival Cavs
Virginia Tech lost by a count of 64-58 Monday night at home versus Virginia to fall to 20-6 overall and 9-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hokies were outscored 32-29 in both halves of the defeat. Virginia Tech shot 23-of-58 from the floor, 3-of-28 on 3-point tries and 9-of-13 at the free throw line. Kerry Blackshear Jr. led the Hokies with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting including 1-of-4 from 3-point distance plus 2-of-3 at the free throw line. He also registered 13 rebounds and two steals. Ahmed Hill accounted for 16 points, five boards, three steals and two assists. Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 11 points, four assists and three steals.
Fighting Irish stumble against Demon Deacons
Notre Dame fell 75-68 at home to Wake Forest Tuesday night to drop to 13-13 overall and 3-10 in the ACC. The Fighting Irish were outscored 40-32 in the second half of the loss. Notre Dame shot 23-of-56 from the field, 8-of-26 on 3-point attempts and 14-of-18 at the free throw line. T.J. Gibbs paced the Irish with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting including 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 at the free throw line. He also grabbed two rebounds. John Mooney tallied 16 points, nine boards and two assists. Prentiss Hubb added 11 points, nine dimes and two caroms.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Hokies are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Virginia Tech is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games following a straight up loss.
The Fighting Irish are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Saturday games. Notre Dame is 1-7 ATS in its last eight home games.
This spread seems way short considering the quality of the two teams involved. Virginia Tech’s last road game was at a Pitt squad similar in talent level to Notre Dame and the Hokies won by six. Virginia Tech is ranked 10th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency, while the Irish are only 122nd in defense. I think the Hokies show their superiority here and pull away to cover the spread on the road.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES -3.5