Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. West Virginia Mountaineers, NCAA March Madness Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
26-9 March 18, 12:10 PM | First Niagara Center 27-8
Notre Dame vs West Virginia, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 12:10 PM ET, Saturday, March 18, 2017
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
TV: 12:10 p.m., CBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Saturday, March 18th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND – Keybank Center – Buffalo, NY
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
517 –Notre Dame Fighting Irish +2½ -114  +125 Ov 147 -110
518 –West Virginia Mountaineers -2½ -106  -145 Un 147 -110
 

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the West Virginia Mountaineers will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they battle at Keybank Center, for the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

ABOUT NOTRE DAME (26-9): Three of the Fighting Irish’s four double-digit scorers – forward Bonzie Colson and guards Matt Farrell and Steve Vasturia – combined for 44 points, while forward V.J. Beachem finished with a season low-tying two points on 1-of-9 shooting. “No matter how it looked, we got the win and that’s all that matters,” Colson – who has scored at least 18 points in seven straight contests – told the media. Notre Dame entered the tournament as the top free-throw shooting team in the country (79.9 percent), but it was 14-for-21 in this one.ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (27-8): Junior guard Jevon Carter shot 2-of-9 from the floor and is now 8-for-38 in his career in the tournament, but coach Bob Huggins was quick to credit him and senior forward Nathan Adrian for getting the team to the finish line. “We weren’t very good today in pressure,” Huggins told reporters. “(Carter and Adrian) were pretty good but the rest of the guys called it off way too early.” Adrian finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

Notre Dame barely survived its NCAA Tournament opener and has a chance to reach the Sweet 16 for the third straight season when it takes on fourth-seeded West Virginia in the West Region on Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. The fifth-seeded Fighting Irish led by as many as 11 in the second half and had a five-point advantage entering the final minute before holding on for a 60-58 win over Princeton in Thursday’s first round.

“We gave everybody a show, right?” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey told reporters. “We escaped. We’ve been in a lot of games like that where game situations need a big defensive stop. We’ve been there. I’m proud we’re still alive.” The Mountaineers, who were upset in the first round a season ago, held on to top Bucknell 86-80 in the second game at the KeyBank Center on Thursday. Senior guard Tarik Phillip scored 16 points and two others had 15 for West Virginia, which hauled in 17 offensive rebounds and had a 42-32 advantage on the boards overall. The Irish own a 27-12 series advantage against the Mountaineers, the majority of the meetings taking place when the teams were in the Big East together from 1995-2012.

West Virginia was a 86-80 winner in their most recent outing at home against Bison. They failed to cover the -13-point spread as favorites.

Last time out for Notre Dame, they were a 60-58 winner as they battled Tigers at home. They failed to cover in the match as a -5.5-point favorite.

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Notre Dame:

Team record: 26-9 SU,18-10-1 ATS
Notre Dame is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Notre Dame is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Notre Dame’s last 8 games

West Virginia:
Team record: 27-8 SU,15-16-1 ATS
West Virginia is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games
West Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Notre Dame

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. Huggins improved to 30-22 in the NCAA Tournament with Thursday’s victory.

2. Notre Dame entered the tourney tied for first in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (9.4) and West Virginia led the country in turnovers forced (20.4).

3. Irish G Matt Farrell had 16 points Thursday and is 5-for-7 from beyond the arc in his last two NCAA Tournament games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Notre Dame Fighting Irish will cover the spread at +2.5 and the game will stay under 147 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Notre Dame 74, West Virginia 72 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
ND TEAM W.VA
77.5 PTS FOR 82.1
68.9 PTS AGNST 66.7
8.6 DIFF. 15.4
24.5 DEF REBOUNDS 23.0
9.3 OFF REBOUNDS 14.4
45.9 FG% 45.8
79.5 FT% 68.0
9.3 3 POINTERS 7.5
7.1 STEALS 10.3
BETTING TRENDS
NOTRE DAME
No trends to report
WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
West Virginia is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games
West Virginia is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games when playing Notre Dame
West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Notre Dame
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of West Virginia’s last 5 games when playing Notre Dame
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Notre Dame’s Overall Scoring vs West Virginia’s Overall Defense 77.5 80 66.7 50
Notre Dame’s Away Scoring vs West Virginia’s Home Defense 74.9 69 65.5 77
Notre Dame’s Road Rebounds vs West Virginia’s Home Rebounds Allowed 30.4 332 34.8 189
West Virginia’s Overall Scoring vs Notre Dame’s Overall Defense 82.1 20 68.9 91
West Virginia’s Home Scoring vs Notre Dame’s Road Defense 85.6 23 74.2 153
West Virginia’s Home Rebounds vs Notre Dame’s Road Rebounds Allowed 39.2 66 38.4 288
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame leads the league in free throw percentage with 79.5.
WEST VIRGINIA
No trends to report

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