Notre Dame (26-9) vs. West Virginia (27-8) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Notre Dame vs. West Virginia fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, March 18
Game Time: 12:10 ET
Venue: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
All You Really Need To Know About Notre Dame
Notre Dame spread out the scoring wealth to survive a plucky Princeton team that had a last shot to pull off the upset in the 60-58 Irish win. The offense, though, struggled to get going and couldn’t put the game away without a fight – and now comes the West Virginia defense. On the plus side, the Irish only turned it over six times.
The Irish just don’t make mistakes, ranking second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, while leading the country in free throw shooting. They can’t hit the boards, and they don’t get into firefights, but they know how to fight for wins.
All You Really Need To Know About West Virginia
Don’t get too caught up in the 86-80 tight game against Bucknell – the Bison are strong. The Mountaineers survived by coming up with 42 rebounds, but the normally sound defense was a little rocky. With five players with double digit points, though, they did a nice job of spreading it around.
The Mountaineers struggle on the free throw line and they don’t shoot threes, but they steal everything, ranking No. 1 in the nation in steals and turnover margin. But the Irish don’t give away mistakes.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s going to be a dogfight. West Virginia will keep the pressure on throughout, and they’ll attack to keep the tempo up, but the problems on the line will be costly. Notre Dame will hit a few more threes, and a few more free throws to survive a blast of a game.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Notre Dame 78, West Virginia 75
Line: West Virginia -3, 0/u: 145.5
ATS Confidence: 2
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