The college basketball slate is a full day of action on Wednesday, with games beginning early in the afternoon, or morning if you’re on the west coast, and going late into the evening. Of the early games, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Virginia Cavaliers are on my watchlist for Wednesday.
The late night games are highlighted by the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Texas Longhorns. That’s going to be a good one in the Big 12, and a must-watch battle between two of Texas’ bests. Tuesday was a good day on the college basketball front. Three games and three winners on the college hardwood. In the biggest game on Tuesday, the Michigan Wolverines destroyed the Wisconsin Badgers by a score of 77-54.
It was another ranked win for Wisconsin, as they have established themselves as one of the best in college basketball. They could be the best, but Gonzaga and Baylor could have something to say about that. I would have Michigan at No. 3 behind Gonzaga and Baylor at the moment. The Wolverines have done enough to make me a believer.
Virginia is more than likely going to the NCAA Tournament. They’re going into Wednesday with a record of 7-2, and haven’t lost since a loss against Gonzaga. Virginia wasn’t able to hang around against the Bulldogs at home. Despite having a terrific defense, the Cavaliers were run off the floor in a 98-75 loss. For Gonzaga to fly cross country to the east coast, and smash a good defense like that shows how good the Bulldogs are.
Following that loss against Gonzaga, Virginia were 66-57 winners over the Fighting Irish, 70-61, over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and a 61-49 win over Boston College. Boston College can shoot the lights out if they get into a rhythm, but the Cavaliers prevented them from getting comfortable. Virginia are down players and coaches because of Covid-19, but they continue to play hard, and most importantly, the defensive mindset is still present.
Notre Dame is coming off three straight losses and have regressed to 3-7 on the season. This season is in the tubes for the Fighting Irish, and they didn’t show much fight in a 77-63 loss against Virginia Tech on Sunday. We’ll see if they care to compete against a tough and physical Virginia defense on the road today. Head below for our free Notre Dame vs. Virginia pick on January 13, 2021.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Virginia Cavaliers NCAA Betting Odds:
Notre Dame vs. Virginia Prediction:
All momentum has been lost for Notre Dame in the 2020-21 campaign. Did they really have any to begin with, though? Notre Dame has wins over Detroit Mercy, 78-70, Kentucky, 64-63, and Bellarmine, 81-70. Detroit is terrible this season. They’ve been one of the worst teams in the NCAA this season, and Notre Dame needed to fight for that win or face a massive upset. Kentucky hasn’t been impressive either, while Bellarmine shouldn’t even be considered a win.
In other words, the Fighting Irish don’t have a signature win on their resume. They’ve lost all of their games against superior opponents, including a 66-57 loss against Virginia. Since the win over Bellarmine, the offense has stalled out for just 61.6 points per game in their last three outings. Overall, the Fighting Irish have netted 70.6 points per game for 218th in the country. Much of those points were skewed because of their win over Bellarmine. Detroit is terribly defensively, but I don’t believe they looked great in that one.
Notre Dame found out how the Virginia defense was on December 30. The Fighting Irish were at home, but their shooters failed to get into a groove. Notre Dame shot 15 for 45 from the field, and struggled mightily from the three-point line to go 5 for 20 from the field. It’s not much of a surprise to see Notre Dame struggling in that contest.
Virginia is 11th in the nation with an impressive 59.4 points against per game, and even better at home with 54 points against a game. They are down talent offensively because of Covid-19, but like I said, the aggression has still been there defensively. The last three games between Notre Dame and Virginia have fallen UNDER the total. An average of 112 points per game has been scored in those three games. The UNDER has gone 4-1 in their previous five tilts. Expect Virginia to grind out a win in a low-scoring contest on Wednesday.