Virginia Cavaliers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 12/30/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Virginia Cavaliers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia (-6)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-4) play the Virginia Cavaliers (4-2) at Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday. Virginia opens this matchup as 6-point favorites. The O/U opens at 127.5.
Virginia comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 4-2 for the season. The Cavaliers are shooting 37.1% from downtown (49 of 132) and 80.9% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 74.5 points per game (155th in the country) while shooting 49.5% from the field. They turn it over 9.5 times per game and as a squad they commit 13.8 fouls every game. As a team, Virginia is collecting 33.3 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 84 dimes for the year, which ranks 212th in the country in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Cavaliers are able to force 10.7 turnovers every game and they draw 15.8 fouls. They give up 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 34th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (61.3). The Cavaliers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.5% (133 of 328) and they concede 28.8 boards per game as a squad. They are ranked 117th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 77 surrendered this year.
The Virginia Cavaliers faced off with the Gonzaga Bulldogs and ended up losing by a score of 98-75 in their last game. Virginia ended the game having earned a 48.1% FG percentage (26 out of 54) and made 10 out of their 25 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Cavaliers buried 13 of 16 attempts for a rate of 81.3%. When discussing rebounding, they earned a total of 25 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 14 assists in this game as well as earning 4 steals and 4 blocked shots. When talking about defense, Virginia allowed their opponent to shoot 48.1% from the floor on 26 out of 54 shooting. Gonzaga doled out 26 assists and had 8 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Bulldogs snagged 30 rebounds (8 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Gonzaga finished the game shooting 78.3% from the free throw line by making 18 of their 23 tries. They also knocked down 10 of 20 shots from long range.
Kihei Clark is a player who came through in this matchup. He was able to score 19 points on 7 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 33 mins and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Clark ended up shooting 50.0% from the field and earned 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Cavaliers was Trey Murphy. He snagged 3 rebounds and also tallied 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 71.4% from the field in the game by going 5-of-7 (15 points). When this game wrapped up, Murphy saw the court for 27 min.
Notre Dame has a win-loss record of 3-4 this season. As an offensive team, the Fighting Irish are connecting on 45.5% from the field, which has them ranked 156th in D-1. Notre Dame has scored 521 pts so far this year (74.4 per game) and they pull in 33.4 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 14.4 times per contest (131st in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.7 times per game. The Fighting Irish are committing 12.9 personal fouls every game and they hit 82.2% from the charity stripe. The Fighting Irish on defense are ranked 276th in the country in PPG allowed with 76.6. The Notre Dame defense gives up 40.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (64 of 159) and their opponents are making 80.5% of their free throw shots. They surrender 15.9 assists and 33.9 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 287th and 124th in those categories. They are forcing 8.4 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (268th in D-1).
In their last game, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walked away with a victory by a final of 81-70 when they played the Bellarmine Knights. The Fighting Irish earned 27 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 in this matchup. They also blocked 3 tries while earning 2 steals in this matchup. The Knights committed 20 fouls for the matchup which got the Fighting Irish to the free throw line for a total of 25 shots. They were able to make 21 of the free throw tries for a clip of 84.0%. In reference to 3-pointers, Notre Dame knocked down 8 of 20 attempts (40.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Fighting Irish finished the game shooting 26 out of 43 from the field which gave them a rate of 60.5%. The Fighting Irish permitted the Knights to make 27 out of their 54 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 50.0% for the game. They finished 55.0% from beyond the arc by going 11 of 20 and ended up going 5 out of 6 at the free throw line (83.3%). In regard to rebounds, Notre Dame permitted Bellarmine to snag 15 in total (0 offensive).
Dane Goodwin ended up having an impact for the Fighting Irish in this game. He buried 8 of 10 for this game giving him a rate of 80.0%, which earned him 27 points. Goodwin had 7 rebounds in his 37 minutes played and had 2 assists in the game. An additional guy who came through for Notre Dame was Prentiss Hubb. He totaled 18 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood via 5 of 11 from the floor in this game. Hubb walked away from this one going 45.5% from the field while contributing 4 dimes and 2 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Notre Dame (+6) and under 127.5 points
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