The 14-seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-20, 3-17 ACC) battle the 11-seed Virginia Tech Hokies (18-13, 8-12) in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Tip from Greensboro Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. ET (ACC Network). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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Virginia Tech beat Notre Dame 93-87 on Feb. 11, covering as a 5-point road favorite as the Over (143) connected.
The Hokies are 77th in the Kenpom rankings with the 34th-best adjusted offense and 125th-best adjusted defense. They have covered the spread in their last 2 games and ended the regular season 13-18 against the spread (ATS). Virginia Tech was 18-13 O/U.
Notre Dame sits 170th in the nation per Kenpom. It has the 104th-best adjusted offense and 262nd-best adjusted defense. The Fighting Irish did cover 4 of their last 6 games despite ending the season 10-21 ATS.
Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 9:45 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Notre Dame +225 (bet $100 to win $225) | Virginia Tech -280 (bet $280 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Notre Dame +6.5 (-110) | Virginia Tech -6.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 144.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
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Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech picks and predictions
Virginia Tech 79, Notre Dame 71
While Virginia Tech (-280) may work well in a parlay, it is unplayable outright. Notre Dame (+240) is 11-20 straight up this season and has lost 8 of its last 9 outings, so it is not worth a play either.
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LEAN VIRGINIA TECH -6.5 (-110).
I don’t love this play only because tournament games tend to run close, but Tech is the far better side and has proven it throughout the season. Also, the Fighting Irish haven’t rewarded bettors for the majority of the season.
The Hokies rank 73rd in the nation in 3-point shooting (36.1%). The porous Notre Dame defense should give up ample open looks, and that’s what Virginia Tech does best.
Expect it to be able to pull away in this game, and back VIRGINIA TECH -6.5 (-110).
BET OVER 144.5 (-105).
Virginia Tech has hit the Over in 7 of its last 10 games and has the offense to score with ease. It has 4 players averaging double digits, including G Hunter Cattoor, who is shooting 42.5% from deep.
Tech also went on the road and put up 93 in its lone matchup vs. Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are 16-13 O/U this season and should look to keep the tempo high to keep up with the dynamic Tech offense.
Expect points to come in bunches and back the OVER 144.5 (-105).
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