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New Year’s College Basketball Betting Previews: Notre Dame-Virginia Tech, Marquette-St. John’s

Jan 01, 2019 7:45 PM EST
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Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Isaiah Wilkins

We’re inching closer to the most wonderful time of the college basketball season: Conference play. Notre Dame travels to No. 10 Virginia Tech to kick the new year off on Tuesday, followed by No. 16 Marquette’s matchup against St. John’s.

Which sides deliver the most value? Let’s breakdown the matchups.


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Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Virginia Tech Hokies

  • Spread: Virginia Tech -11
  • Over/Under: 141.5
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPNU

The Fighting Irish (6-7 against the spread) were turning a corner in their upset win over Purdue on Dec. 15, but do-it-all guard Rex Pflueger tore his ACL and shifted their fortunes. Things won’t get easier in Blacksburg with the Hokies (9-3 ATS) owning the 27th-lowest Adjusted Defensive Efficiency (93.2 opponents’ points per 100 possessions) in the country.

Not many programs can pressure the ball like Buzz Williams’ crew, sitting No. 5 in opponents’ turnover rate. And while Notre Dame owns the fourth-lowest turnover percentage (13.2%) in Division I, Virginia Tech’s suffocating defense will force the Irish into some difficult shots.