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How and what to watch for No. 20 Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame

The Hokies are heading back to the NCAA Tournament, and will want to overcome a roadblock in South Bend.

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Virginia Tech Hokies forward Justyn Mutts grabs a rebound against the Syracuse Orange in the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies took a bad loss at Syracuse, and they’ll want to bounce back against an ACC also-ran in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Tuesday night in South Bend, Indiana.

Virginia Tech (11-3, 5-2 ACC) isn’t amazing at anything, but is competent at everything. They get less than 67 possessions per game and do slow the ball down, but Keve Aluma makes them go with 13.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds. The junior forward leads a team that has been ninth in offensive efficiency in ACC play, and just seventh defensively, but finds a way to grind out victories.

Notre Dame (5-8, 2-5 ACC) can score, but just can’t stop anyone. They give up 110.8 points per 100 possessions, and the inability to prevent scoring has been their problem all season. Prentiss Hubb and Nate Laszewski are a great junior guard-forward combination, combining for 30.7 points per game, but they’re one of the worst teams in America in forcing turnovers on only 12.7% of possessions.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. ET on ACC Network Extra, which you can stream via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Notre Dame -1
Point Total: 140
Money line: Virginia Tech -107, Notre Dame -114

  • Virginia Tech is 6-3 in their last nine games against the spread, with the total going under in the last three.
  • ND is 2-6 in their last eight ATS, with the total hitting under in just two of seven.

The Best Bet

The Hokies need this to avoid an ACC landmine, and the Irish are just playing out the string. It’s hard to get motivated when you’ve been kicked in the teeth over and over. VPI gets a win here.

Pick: Hokies -107

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