Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Tech Hokies Prediction, 1/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
Location: Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Notre Dame (+6.5)
Cassell Coliseum is the site where and the Virginia Tech Hokies (8-2) will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-6) on Sunday. The spread on this matchup has Virginia Tech as 6.5-point favorites. The total is set at 140.
Notre Dame comes into this one with a win-loss record of 3-6 for the season. They turn the ball over 11.0 times per contest and as a team are committing 12.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Notre Dame is pulling in 32.4 rebounds per contest and has 131 dimes this year, which is 147th in the country in terms of passing. The Fighting Irish are hitting 38.9% on shots from distance (86 of 221) and 79.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 71.4 pts per game (208th in the nation) while going 45.2% from the floor. On defense, the Fighting Irish are forcing their opponents into 8.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.0 personal fouls. The Fighting Irish defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 44.5% (254 of 571) and they surrender 35.6 boards per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 269th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 140 relinquished this year. They are relinquishing 38.5% on shots from downtown and they are 268th in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (74.2).
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish faced off with the North Carolina Tar Heels and took a loss by a score of 66-65 in their last contest. Notre Dame ended having earned a 47.3% field goal percentage (26 of 55) and buried 11 out of their 30 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Fighting Irish converted 2 of their 6 shots for a percentage of 33.3%. In the matter of hauling in rebounds, they earned 25 with 3 of them being offensive. They also recorded 17 dimes for this game in addition to having 5 steals and 3 blocks. When discussing defending, Notre Dame let their opponent shoot 47.3% from the field on 26 out of 55 shooting. North Carolina recorded 15 assists and had 4 steals for the game. On top of that, the Tar Heels grabbed 44 rebounds (20 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 3 blocks. North Carolina went 71.4% at the free throw line by knocking down 10 of their 14 tries. They also knocked down 8 of 23 tries from three-point range.
Nate Laszewski is a player who was a major contributor for the contest. He accumulated 25 points on 9 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 36 mins played and also grabbed 9 boards. Laszewski finished the game at 64.3% from the floor and also dished out 2 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the game for the Fighting Irish was Prentiss Hubb. He totaled 2 boards and also had 5 dimes. He shot 58.3% from the floor in this contest by connecting on 7-of-12 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Hubb played 37 min.
Virginia Tech has a win-loss record of 8-2 for the season. Virginia Tech has tallied 751 pts for the campaign (75.1 per game) and they grab 35.8 boards per contest. The Hokies are committing 16.1 fouls per contest and they connect on 70.7% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Hokies are shooting 45.4% from the field, which ranks 138th in Division 1. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 13.4 times per contest (187th in the nation) and they turn it over 12.4 times per game. The Hokies on defense are ranked 66th in college hoops in points given up per game with 65.1. They are able to force 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 42.7% from the field (169th in college basketball). The Virginia Tech defense allows 34.6% from downtown (72 of 208) and their opponents are converting on 66.5% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 10.9 assists and 31.1 boards per contest, which is 56th and 44th in those defensive categories.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Virginia Tech Hokies took a loss by a score of 73-71 against the Louisville Cardinals. The Hokies recorded 23 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 29 for this contest. They rejected 2 shots while recording 7 steals for the matchup. The Cardinals earned 17 fouls in the matchup which got the Hokies to the charity stripe for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to knock down 16 of them for a percentage of 80.0%. In reference to 3-point attempts, Virginia Tech buried 9 of their 30 attempts (30.0%). When all was said and done, the Hokies went 23 out of 54 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.6%. The Hokies permitted the Cardinals to bury 26 of 55 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.3% in this matchup. They finished 37.5% from behind the 3-point line by going 6 of 16 and finished the contest at 15 of 20 at the charity stripe (75.0%). In the matter of how they cleaned up the glass, Virginia Tech permitted Louisville to pull down 36 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Jalen Cone pitched in for the Hokies in the matchup. He made 7 of 14 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which got him 23 points. Cone snagged 3 rebounds in his 29 mins and tallied 2 dimes in the game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Virginia Tech was Nahiem Alleyne. He left the arena with 15 points in his 28 minutes on the court via 5 out of 8 from the floor in the matchup. Alleyne walked away from this one going 62.5% from the field as well as collecting 3 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Notre Dame (+6.5)
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