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Notre Dame Fighting Irish face Virginia Cavaliers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Notre Dame Fighting IrishVirginia Cavaliers
14-13February 22, 2014, 02:00 | John Paul Jones Arena22-5

The Virginia Cavaliers will try to cover the spread at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in NCAA basketball action.

Virginia battles the Fighting Irish, currently sitting with a 14-13 mark (9-15-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-13-1 for the Cavaliers and 15-10 for the Fighting Irish.

View Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Cavaliers in this one found them listed as -12-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Fighting Irish was expected to move the line.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cavaliers rated this week at No. 20 and the Fighting Irish sitting at No. 212.

In their last action, Notre Dame was a 71-64 loser on the road against Miami. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Notre Dame got 22 points from Pat Connaughton but lost anyway, 71-64, to Miami on Wednesday at BankUnited Center.

Virginia was a 57-53 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Virginia Tech. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. The Cavaliers grabbed a 57-53 win over the Hokies on Tuesday, behind a 12-point effort from Malcolm Brogdon at Cassell Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Virginia's No. 223 nationally ranked offense (65.78 points per game) against a Fighting Irish defense that sits as the No. 143 at 70.26 PPG. The Cavaliers have been averaging 44.62% from the field, less than the Fighting Irish have managed so far this season (45.62% on average).

A few Fighting Irish at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Notre Dame is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
Notre Dame is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
Notre Dame is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Virginia is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games
Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Virginia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Notre Dame home to Georgia Tech, Wednesday, February 26th
Virginia at Miami, Wednesday, February 26th