Notre Dame struggled to get to the second round of the NCAA tournament by squeaking past Princeton by a bucket. The Mountaineers overmatched Bucknell in an 86-80 victory Now the former Big East rivals face-off for a shot at the Sweet 16. Both teams are strong contenders for the NCAA hoops title.
The March Madness betting spread favors WVU by 2.5-points to beat the Irish. Tip-off is this Saturday, March 18th at 11:10 AM on CBS from the KeyBank Center, in Buffalo, New York.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs West Virginia Mountaineers Spread & ATS Pick
What: No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (26-9) vs No. 4 West Virginia Mountaineers (27-8)
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Start Time: 11:10 AM
Where: Buffalo, New York
Stadium: KeyBank Center
Spread: WVU -2.5
Game Total: 145.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Notre Dame vs West Virginia
Why Bet The Notre Dame Fighting Irish To Beat The Mountaineers
Notre Dame struggled to be Providence, escaping with a 60-58 victory. They are 26-9 SU and 20-12-2 ATS this season. During the regular season, they averaged 78.0 points per game (69th) and allowed 69.2 points per game (97th).
"We gave everybody a show, right?" Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "We escaped. We’ve been in a lot of games like that where game situations need a big defensive stop. We’ve been there. I’m proud we’re still alive."
Notre Dame has the lowest turnover rate in the country (13.8 percent of possessions) and matched a school record for fewest turnovers in a NCAA Tournament game (six) in outlasting Princeton 60-58. It was the fewest points the Irish have ever scored in a tournament victory.
Junior Forward Bonzie Colson (17.5 PPG & 10.2 RPG) shot 6-13 from the field to lead his team with 18 points against the Tigers. He added seven rebounds. Junior guard Matt Farrell (14.2 PPG & 5.5 APG) added 16 points.
During the regular season, the Irish shot 47.1% from the field (36th) and 36.9% from three point land (71st). They averaged 33.8 rebounds per game (274th) and 16.0 assists (37th). Bonzie Colson leads Notre Dame with 10.2 rebounds per game.
Why Bet The West Virginia Mountaineers To Beat The Irish
West Virginia also had to fight to the end to beat Bucknell with an 86-80 result. They are 27-8 SU and 18-16 ATS this season. They averaged 82.0 points per game (21st) and allowed 66.3 (45th) during the regular season.
Freshman forward Lamont West (5.6 PPG & 1.9 RPG) scored 15 points against Bucknell coming off the bench. Sophomore forward Esa Ahmad (11.2 PPG & 4.2 RPG) also scored 15 points.
"Well, we weren’t very good today," West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins said.
West Virginia shoots 45.2% from the field (113th) and 32.9% from beyond the arc (59th). They average 37.3 rebounds per game (97th) and 16.7 rebounds per game (15th). Senior forward Nathan Adrian leads the team with 5.9 rebounds and Junior guard Jevon Carter is tops with 2.6 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Mountaineers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- Mountaineers are 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 NCAA Tournament games.
- West Virginia has advanced to the Sweet 16 in six of the last 10 seasons.
- The Irish are the only team to reach the Elite Eight in each of the last two NCAA Tournaments.
Notre Dame Vs WVU Pick
West Virginia to cover the spread.