Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Virginia Cavaliers
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Virginia Cavaliers odds
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish Preview
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ride a four-game winning streak and a (mostly) sizzling offense into their meeting against defensive-minded Virginia. Notre Dame had scored at least 80 points in five consecutive games before grinding out a 61-57 road win at Clemson on Sunday, the Irish’s lowest point total in an Atlantic Coast Conference game this season.
Senior forward John Mooney kept chugging along, though, with 16 points and 11 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season and the 40th of his career. Three other Irish players average at least 11.5 points. Senior guard Rex Pflueger, noted for his defense, poured in a season-high 18 against Clemson while the rest of the team was unusually cold, hitting 15 of 42 (35.7 percent) from the field.
Virginia Cavaliers Preview
The Virginia Cavaliers are coming off an 80-73 loss at No. 5 Louisville on Saturday that flipped the usual script. Coach Tony Bennett’s stingy pack-line defense entered allowing 50.4 points per game before giving up a season-high total. Bennett saw the glass as half-full, however, saying he thought his team took a step forward in a tough environment by scoring 73 points.
Junior college transfer wing Tomas Woldetensae scored 27 points — draining 7 of 10 from 3-point range — and sophomore point guard Kihei Clark set a career high with 23 points while adding seven assists. The defense remains tops nationally at 51.7 points per game, and any additional offense is welcome for a team shooting 28.8 percent from beyond the arc.