Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet on Wednesday in South Bend for a Big East college basketball match up. The Fighting Irish is -3 point favorites over the Mountaineers with an over/under point total set at 128.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have caught fire and are one of the hottest teams in the nation as Mike Brey’s team has won eight consecutive games and are surging up the conference standings. ND is 11-3 in the Big East, 14-1 at home this season, and tied for second place in the conference standings. Eric Atkins is averaging 13 points, Jerian Grant is averaging 12.9 points and 4.9 assists, and Jack Cooley is averaging 12.2 points and 9.3 rebounds. As a team Notre Dame is averaging 68.2 points and they are shooting 43.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.2 points and their opposition shoots 40.7 percent. The Irish are playing fundamentally sound basketball and it is yielding solid results that have them looking like a team who can make some noise in March.
The West Virginia Mountaineers will be looking for revenge for a four point loss they were handed by ND in Morgantown a few weeks back as Bob Huggins’ team is going to need all of the wins they can get to cement their spot in the NCAA Tournament field. WVU is 7-7 in the Big East, 3-5 on the road this season, and in eighth place in the conference standings. Kevin Jones is averaging 20.4 points and 11.3 rebounds, Darryl Bryant is averaging 16.7 points, and Deniz Kilicli is averaging 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds. As a team West Virginia is averaging 73.3 points and they are shooting 45.4 percent and their opponents are averaging 6.5 points while shooting 44 percent. The Mountaineers are talented and experienced so a late season run isn’t out of the question.
Notre Dame is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games overall, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 5-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. West Virginia is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread following a win. The home team has covered in five of the last seven meetings of these two.
This one shapes up to be a war but even so this total is just a little too low I will go with the over.