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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick & Prediction JAN 29TH 2022

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OPENNER
122.5

3 -110
CURRENT
123.5o -110

+135
MONEYLINE
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65
SCORE
69

Averaging 58.2 possessions per 40 minutes, Virginia plays the slowest pace in Division I men's college basketball, according to KenPom.

The Cavaliers' turtle tactics have served them well in coach Tony Bennett's 13 seasons. And that might be the best way to slow the roll of the Atlantic Coast Conference's hottest team when Virginia (12-8, 6-4 ACC) travels to Notre Dame (13-6, 6-2) for a clash in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday.

With nine wins in their past 10 games, the Irish are in high gear behind an offense that functions cohesively thanks to a trio of veterans. Dane Goodwin, Nate Laszewski and Prentiss Hubb have been fixtures in the rotation since 2019.

"Those three seniors who have been through it all together have been men for us in this stretch," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "They're delivering for us. It's really cool to see."

Laszewski (18 points, 11 rebounds), Goodwin (17 points, eight rebounds) and Hubb (11 points, five assists) carried Notre Dame on Wednesday night in a 73-65 win over North Carolina State as the Irish improved to 8-0 at home.

Notre Dame has lost six straight games to Virginia and trails in the series 16-2. But the Cavaliers have been vulnerable this month to teams looking to settle a score.

Three Saturdays ago, North Carolina snapped a seven-game skid against Virginia. The following Saturday, Wake Forest ended a nine-game losing streak against the Cavs. Last Saturday, NC State beat Bennett for the first time in eight tries in Raleigh.

It's been an unusual see-saw season for the Cavaliers, who have followed each of their eight losses with a win. The latest example came Monday when Virginia went wire-to-wire with the lead in a 64-52 win over Louisville. The Cavaliers had 20 assists on 24 made baskets with Reece Beekman dishing out a season-best 11 dimes.

With a four-day layoff between games, the Cavaliers have had plenty of time to prepare for the Irish.

"They can shoot it from all five spots," Bennett said. "They're playing very good basketball. Another veteran team with a freshman guard (Blake Wesley) who's on the draft boards."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Virginia Cavaliers
60
63
Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Recap DEC 30TH 2020

De'Andre Hunter scored 19 points and Kyle Guy added 15 as the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers had little trouble disposing of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 82-55 in their Atlantic Coast Conference matchup in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday afternoon.

Virginia (18-1, 6-1 ACC) scored the game's first 12 points while Notre Dame (11-9, 1-6) struggled mightily against the Cavaliers' top-rated scoring defense, which entered the game allowing only 52.4 points per game.

John Mooney finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Irish. He made 3 of 4 3-point attempts, but just 6 of 15 shots overall.

Notre Dame, which trailed by 20 at 37-17 with 2:46 left in the first half, tried to rally in the second.

Mooney hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and D.J. Harvey scored five straight points, the last of those on a 3-pointer, to cut the Irish deficit to 54-42 with 13:32 to play.

Virginia responded with a 12-2 run, led by five points from Ty Jerome, and the lead was up to 66-44.

Jerome finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Mamadi Diakite added 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

Harvey and TJ Gibbs scored nine points apiece for Notre Dame.

Guy scored all 15 of his points in the first half, including hitting 3 of 4 treys, and Hunter added 10 more as the Cavaliers jumped out to a 42-25 halftime lead.

Virginia shot 55.9 percent from the floor (19 of 34) in the half, and had little trouble building a lead as Notre Dame missed its first nine shots and made only 10 of 27 (37 percent) before halftime.

Notre Dame didn't score until Mooney made a layup with 13:32 to play, and Virginia led 12-2. Mooney finished the half with seven points and six rebounds.

The Irish kept their deficit as low as nine points about midway through the first half, but the Cavaliers scored six seven points, capped by a 3-pointer from Kihei Clark, and the lead was 23-7 with 9:39 left.

The Cavaliers shot 52.2 percent for the game, while the Irish warmed up a bit to shoot 36.1 percent overall, though they made only 8 of 29 3-point attempts.

--Field Level Media

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