Virginia Tech Hokies vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 1/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Location: Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia Tech (+1)
The Virginia Tech Hokies (11-3) travel to Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday where they'll meet the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-8). Virginia Tech opens this matchup as 1-point underdogs. The total has been set at 140.
Virginia Tech heads into this matchup with a mark of 11-3 so far this season. The Hokies are shooting 34.2% on shots from downtown (114 of 333) and 70.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 73.3 points per outing (149th in Division 1) while hitting 44.9% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 12.1 times per game and as a group they are committing 16.4 fouls per contest. As a unit, Virginia Tech is grabbing 35.6 boards per game and has totaled 184 dimes so far this season, which is 149th in college hoops in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Hokies are able to force 12.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 personal fouls. The Hokies defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 42.3% (329 of 778) and they concede 31.6 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 122nd in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 150 conceded this season. They are giving up 32.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 72nd in college hoops in PPG allowed (65.6).
The Virginia Tech Hokies took the court against the Syracuse Orange and went home with a loss by a final score of 78-60 in their last contest. Virginia Tech ended with a 32.8% FG percentage (20 out of 61) and made 8 of their 29 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Hokies made 12 of their 17 attempts for a rate of 70.6%. When discussing hauling in boards, they earned a total of 26 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 16 assists for the matchup while having 2 steals and 2 blocks. With regard to the defense, Virginia Tech allowed the other team to go 32.8% from the field on 20 out of 61 shooting. Syracuse distributed 11 assists and had 7 steals in the game. Additionally, the Orange grabbed 34 boards (8 offensive, 26 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Syracuse walked away from this one shooting 81.8% from the charity stripe by making 18 of 22 attempts. They also converted 4 of their 13 tries from beyond the arc.
Nahiem Alleyne is a player who was a major contributor in this game. He ended up finishing with 20 points on 6 out of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 34 minutes played and snagged 4 rebounds. Alleyne finished 35.3% from the floor and also totaled 2 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in the matchup for the Hokies was Tyrece Radford. He pulled down 7 boards and also tallied 2 dimes. He finished 57.1% from the floor for the contest by connecting on 4-of-7 (10 points). In all, Radford saw the court for 31 min.
Notre Dame has a record of 5-8 on the season. As an offensive team, the Fighting Irish are hitting on 45.4% from the field, which is 125th in D-1. Notre Dame has scored 927 points on the year (71.3 per contest) and they pull down 32.1 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 14.8 times per game (98th in D-1) and they cough up possession 10.8 times per game. The Fighting Irish are committing 11.9 fouls per game and they go 78.3% from the free throw line. The Fighting Irish defensively are ranked 246th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 73.4. The Notre Dame defense concedes 36.3% on shots from 3-point land (111 of 306) and their opponents are connecting on 77.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 14.2 assists and 34.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 255th and 165th in those categories on the defensive end. They are able to force 8.4 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 44.7% from the floor (241st in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took home the win by a final score of 73-59 when they played the Miami Hurricanes. The Fighting Irish pulled down 27 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 33 in the game. They also stuffed 2 shots while earning 8 steals in the matchup. The Hurricanes were called for 13 personal fouls for the game which got the Fighting Irish to the free throw line for 11 tries. They were able to bury 7 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 63.6%. Regarding shooting from 3-point land, Notre Dame made 10 of 18 tries (55.6%). In all, the Fighting Irish walked away from this one shooting 28 for 52 from the floor which had them shooting 53.8%. The Fighting Irish allowed the Hurricanes to convert 24 of 62 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 38.7% for this contest. They finished 13.6% from distance by going 3 out of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 8 out of 10 at the free throw line (80.0%). When discussing attacking the glass, Notre Dame allowed Miami to grab 25 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Prentiss Hubb was important for the Fighting Irish for the game. He converted 7 of 12 for the contest giving him a rate of 58.3%, which gave him 19 points. Hubb pulled down 3 rebounds in his 36 minutes and had 9 assists for the contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Notre Dame was Nate Laszewski. He left the arena with 16 points in 33 minutes on the court by going 7 of 10 shooting for this game. Laszewski wrapped this one up going 70.0% from the floor while contributing 2 assists and 10 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Virginia Tech (+1)
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