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Virginia @ Notre Dame

Current Records: Virginia 12-8; Notre Dame 13-6

What to Know

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 1-8 against the Virginia Cavaliers since January of 2016, but they'll have a chance to close the gap a little bit Saturday. Notre Dame and Virginia will face off in an ACC battle at 6 p.m. ET at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. The Fighting Irish are out to keep their eight-game home win streak alive.

Notre Dame beat the NC State Wolfpack 73-65 on Wednesday. Notre Dame's forward Nate Laszewski was one of the most active players for the team, dropping a double-double on 18 points and 11 boards.

Meanwhile, while not quite a landslide, the game between Virginia and the Louisville Cardinals on Monday was still a pretty decisive one as Virginia wrapped it up with a 64-52 win at home. Four players on the Cavaliers scored in the double digits: guard Kihei Clark (15), forward Jayden Gardner (14), forward Kadin Shedrick (11), and guard Armaan Franklin (10).

The Fighting Irish are the favorite in this one, with an expected 3.5-point margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a two-game streak of ATS wins.

Notre Dame is now 13-6 while Virginia sits at 12-8. A pair of stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Notre Dame is stumbling into the contest with the 35th fewest takeaways in college basketball, having accrued only 11.1 on average. To make matters even worse for the Fighting Irish, Virginia ranks 14th in college basketball when it comes to turnovers per game, with only ten on average. Maybe that strength will give Virginia the oomph they need to beat the odds.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 6 p.m. ET
  • Where: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center -- Notre Dame, Indiana
  • TV: ACC Network
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $24.99

Odds

The Fighting Irish are a 3.5-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Fighting Irish as a 4-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Virginia have won eight out of their last nine games against Notre Dame.

  • Jan 13, 2021 - Virginia 80 vs. Notre Dame 68
  • Dec 30, 2020 - Virginia 66 vs. Notre Dame 57
  • Feb 11, 2020 - Virginia 50 vs. Notre Dame 49
  • Feb 16, 2019 - Virginia 60 vs. Notre Dame 54
  • Jan 26, 2019 - Virginia 82 vs. Notre Dame 55
  • Mar 03, 2018 - Virginia 62 vs. Notre Dame 57
  • Mar 09, 2017 - Notre Dame 71 vs. Virginia 58
  • Jan 24, 2017 - Virginia 71 vs. Notre Dame 54
  • Jan 02, 2016 - Virginia 77 vs. Notre Dame 66