The Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney contest between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-12, 11-10 ACC) and the No. 17 Virginia Cavaliers (23-7, 15-5 ACC) will be played at Greensboro Coliseum. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Virginia Cavaliers Odds Preview
In the Fighting Irish’s last game, they easily got past the Boston College Eagles, 80-58. With 14 points and nine assists, Prentiss Hubb played well for Notre Dame. Notre Dame dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.1 (better than their season average of 12.5) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.7 (below their season average of 27.0). For those same stats, Boston College was 17.6 and 16.7, respectively.
The Cavaliers hope to maintain momentum after just getting past the No. 10 Louisville Cardinals in their last game, 57-54. Virginia rallied around Kihei Clark, who was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 5-for-12 shooting. The Cavaliers knocked down 15 of their 20 free throws (75.0 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 14.1 (better than their season average of 18.0).
Virginia may have difficulty getting to the charity stripe in this matchup. The Cavaliers rank 303rd in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.191, while Notre Dame ranks second in FTA rate allowed (0.142).
Notre Dame vs. Virginia Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Virginia, ATS Winner – Virginia, O/U – Over
The Cavaliers average 4.9 blocks per game, which ranks 19th in the nation. The Fighting Irish rank 104th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
Virginia ranks 13th in rebounds allowed per game (30.5) while Notre Dame ranks 266th (38.2).
The Fighting Irish rank 12th in three pointers attempted per game (28.1) while the Cavaliers rank 244th (18.7).
Notre Dame ranks ninth in assists per game (16.5) while Virginia ranks 234th (11.4).
The Cavaliers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.6, down from 4.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Fighting Irish have scored an average of 70.0 points per game (4.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.4 points per game (2.3 below their season average).