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College Basketball Matchup - Notre Dame Fighting Irish Virginia Tech Hokies Odds Preview

Virginia Tech HokiesNotre Dame Fighting Irish
8-8January 19, 2014, 06:00 | Joyce Center10-7

The visiting Virginia Tech Hokies hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at Joyce Center against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame will face the 8-8 Hokies, who own a 5-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Fighting Irish are 10-5 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Hokies are 2-8 favoring the OVER.

View Virginia Tech Hokies vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds and Stats.

The Hokies were listed as 10.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Fighting Irish rated this week at No. 144 and the Hokies sitting at No. 233.

Last time out for Virginia Tech, they were a 56-49 loser as they battled Clemson at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. Virginia Tech suffered a 56-49 loss against Clemson on Wednesday, getting 14 points from Devin Wilson in a losing effort at Cassell Coliseum.

Notre Dame was a 74-66 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Maryland. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. The Fighting Irish endured a 74-66 loss at the hands of the Terrapins on Wednesday, despite a 19-point effort from Pat Connaughton at Comcast Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Notre Dame has the nation's No. 43-rated offensive output, at 77.94 PPG. The visiting Hokies defense ranks No. 95 allowing on average 68.06 PPG. The Fighting Irish FG% has averaged 46.88% so far, more than the Hokies marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.11% per game.

A few Hokies at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
Virginia Tech is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Virginia Tech is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Notre Dame is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Notre Dame is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Notre Dame is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Notre Dame is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home

Next up:
Virginia Tech home to Wake Forest, Wednesday, January 22nd
Notre Dame at Florida State, Tuesday, January 21st