Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Virginia Tech Hokies – NCAAM January 10

Notre Dame (3-6, 0-3) at Virginia Tech (8-2, 2-1)

  • Time: 3PM PST | 5PM CST | 6PM EST
  • Location: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
  • TV: ACC Network

Irish Have Upper Hand in Series

Notre Dame has a 9-4 lead in the series and the Fighting Irish sport a 4-1 advantage in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech has won three of the last five since the 2017-18 season. Notre Dame handed the Fighting Gobblers a 64-56 setback in South Bend last season. The Irish have lost four out of their last five while the Hokies had a 4-game winning streak end at Louisville on Wednesday.

Vs. The Spread

Notre Dame:

  • Acknowledge the UNDER as that has been the play in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s last five games vs. ACC competition
  • The Irish are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games
  • Sunday’s are obviously prosperous for Notre Same as the Irish records a 7-1 ledger ATS in their last eight games on Sunday

Virginia Tech:

  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the Hokies’ last six games vs. Notre Dame
  • The Hokies are 1-5 ATS in their last six when they host the Fighting Irish
  • Tech is 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games against ACC competition

Last Time Out: Both Teams Drop Close Games

Notre Dame hasn’t played for eight days as the Fighting Irish lost a 66-65 decision at North Carolina last Saturday. The Fighting Irish held the Tar Heels to 35 percent from the field, but they were outrebounded, 48-27, including 21-3 on the offensive boards. Nate Laszewski continued his torrid pace with 25 points in 36 minutes.

Virginia Tech came from 14-points down in the second half, but a potential game-winning desperation shot fell short at the buzzer as the Louisville Cardinals downed the Hokies, 73-71. Jalen Cone led the Hokies with 23 points and Naheim Alleyne popped in 15.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Notre Dame +6.5 (-110) +230 O 139 (-102)
Virginia Tech -6.5 (-110) -275 U 139 (-118)

Irish Clipboard

Notre Dame Fighting Irish LogoThe Irish look for a break through as they have dropped their first three ACC games and that epiphany goes through the talents of the inside-outside combo of Prentiss Hubb (14.2 ppg, 4.2 apg) and Nate Laszewski (17.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg) who are both in the top 10 in scoring in the league. Laszewski has taken his game to the next level vs. ACC competition as he has averaged 20 points per game.

The biggest issues for the Irish stem from a lack of physicality inside as they are getting out rebounded by three per night and opponents – see Day’Ron Sharpe’s 26 points in the loss to Carolina – are figuring out that attacking Notre Dame inside should be high atop game plans.

The Fighting Irish are back to their efficient ways in shooting the 3-ball as they have nailed 38.9 percent; however, opponents make 38.5 percent per night.

Hokies Clipboard

Virginia Tech Hokies LogoVirginia Tech raised eyebrows with a 81-73 overtime win over Villanova in Bubbleville at the Mohegan Sun Casino in November. The Hokies are a solid offensive outfit which starts with Alleyne and Cone fortifying a 3-point offense that is 35.6 percent on the season and will potentially be the Achilles heel for the Fighting Irish. The inside attack with Keve Aluma (15.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) will come into play for Virginia Tech.

Important:

Virginia Tech is going to look to get back in transition as the Hokies scored only 2 points on the break against Louisville after scoring at least 10 points in transition in their four games prior to the loss to the Cardinals.

Winner: Virginia Tech (-6.5 ) 75 Notre Dame 67
Over-Under: Take OVER 139

The Bets
Virginia Tech Hokies -6.5
-110
OVER 139
-102
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.