Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Cavaliers and Fighting Irish. The game is starting at 12:00 ET on ACCN, and it’s hosted by the Fighting Irish at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN. Get ready to place your bets! The Cavaliers are favored in this Atlantic Coast conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 116.5 points.


The Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +9.5

This game will be played at Purcell Pavilion at 12:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-67 in favor of the Fighting Irish.
  • Not only will Notre Dame pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 116.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 141 points.

Will the Cavaliers Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

Virginia, who has a 10-2 record, will be playing their 13th game of the season. In their last three games, including one from last year, Virginia has gone 0-3 on the road. Virginia enters today’s game with a 7-5 record vs. the spread. In their previous five games, the team has gone 3-2 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Virginia have had an average of 121.2 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 127.5 points. Their over/under record is 4-8-0. When assessing the Cavaliers’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 0-3, with their games averaging 121 points per game.

Virginia’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 79 points against Morgan State. They had an overall field goal percentage of 47.1% and made 5/11 free throws. The top scorer for the Cavaliers was Reece Beekman with 17 points, while Jacob Groves also added 10 to the scoreboard.

In the current season, the Virginia defense has excelled, sitting 2nd in the nation by allowing 54.5 points per game. Against Morgan State, the Cavaliers’ defense gave up 44 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Morgan State only made 5 free-throws.

Will the Fighting Irish Win at Home?

Notre Dame, who has played 12 games, enters with a 5-7 overall record. In their four away games, the Fighting Irish have gone 1-3, while at home they have gone 4-4. As Notre Dame prepares to face Virginia, their ATS record stands at 5-7. Looking at their recent performance, the team has gone 2-3 vs. the spread in their last five games.

Through 12 games, Notre Dame has an over/under record of 3-9-0 with their games averaging a combined 129.2 points per game so far. The Fighting Irish have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 130 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

The Notre Dame offense is coming off a game where they scored 60 points against Marist. They posted a field goal percentage of 40.9% and connected on 6 threes. Leading Notre Dame in scoring vs. Marist was Markus Burton with his 21 points. Tae Davis also added 12 points for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame’s defense has been playing well, ranking 68th nationally, with 66.6 points allowed per game. In today’s game vs. Virginia, the Notre Dame defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Notre Dame made 18 free-throws vs. the Fighting Irish.