The Old Dominion Monarchs (11) will clash with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (6) in the first round of the NCAA March Madness Tournament on March 18th. Tip off for this match up is scheduled for 12:30 PM ET, from New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA. Old Dominion comes out of the Colonial Athletic Conference, where they finished the season with a 26-8 overall record, and a 15-3 record within the Colonial Athletic Conference. In order to assure themselves a berth in this Tournament, Old Dominion needed to roll through the Conference Tournament, and that’s just what they did by defeating William & Mary 60-53 in the Finals of the tournament. The Monarchs have won 7 of their last 8 games coming into this tournament. The Fighting Irish looked like they were going to lose a spot in this tournament, but wins over Pittsburgh, Georgetown, and Marquette assured the Fighting Irish a spot, and #6 seed in the South Region bracket. The Fighting Irish were eliminated in the Big East Conference Tournament in the semifinals by West Virginia, as a last second shot rimmed out for Notre Dame. The Fighting are led by Forward Luke Harangody, who averages almost 22 points per game, to go along with almost 10 rebounds per game as well. Any success in this tournament for Notre Dame will revolve around Harangody. Old Dominion usually plays stellar defense, and should be able to keep this 6 vs.11 matchup close throughout the entire game.
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Old Dominion vs. Notre Dame Spread, Line, and Betting Odds:
Old Dominion +2.5 (-110)
vs. Notre Dame -2.5 (-110)
Over 122 (-105)
Under 122 (-115)
Old Dominion vs. Notre Dame Betting Predictions:
Spread Prediction – Take the Fighting Irish to cover the 2.5 spread in the second game of this NCAA Tournament. A key for the Fighting Irish in this game is that they are coming into it with plenty of confidence after some big in-Conference wins to end the season. Although this team did not take home the Big East Title, they are still a threat to sneak their way through this tournament. Notre Dame is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall, and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games. Look for Old Dominion to keep it close, but bet Notre Dame to cover the 2.5 point spread.
Over/Under Prediction – Take the UNDER 122 total points in this matchup. The UNDER in 7-0 in Notre Dame’s last 7 games overall, as well as 14-3 in their last 17 neutral site games. Old Dominion plays strong defense, and that leads to a lot of under for them as well. UNDER is 8-2 in the Monarchs last 10 games overall, and 5-2 in their last 7 neutral site games. The UNDER trend fits both teams perfectly, as I loo for a low total from New Orleans Arena on Thursday. Lay it down on the UNDER.
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