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How the public is betting Notre Dame vs. No. 18 Virginia

The Fighting Irish will be trying to get their first win in ACC, while also giving the Cavs their loss in conference play.

Virginia Cavaliers forward Sam Hauser makes a pass during the second half of a game against the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum. Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

In one of four Top-25 games on Wednesday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will complete the Virginia two-step when they take on the No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia (7-2, 3-0) is still undefeated in ACC play, while the Fighting Irish (3-7, 0-4) are still searching for their first conference victory.

This game is scheduled tip-off at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on the ACC Network. Virginia is coming into this afternoon matchup on a three-game winning streak. They’ve also won four of their last five games. One of those wins came against the Fighting Irish as they defeated them 66-57 in South Bend, IN on December 30.

As for the Fighting Irish, they’ve lost three-straight games and four of their last five games. The last time Notre Dame won a game was against Bellarmine on Dec. 23. But since then, they’ve lost by a combined 24 points in the last three games, which were against ACC teams.

So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

Virginia is favored by 10 points heading into this Atlantic Coast Conference matchup. The Cavaliers are also receiving 77% of the bets and 72% of the handle.

Is the public right?

Yes, the public is right when it comes to the spread. The Cavaliers are one of the best teams in the ACC next to Louisville and Virginia Tech. This season, Virginia has a record of 5-4 against the spread after closing last season covering 11 of their final 12 games. They also have a record of 9-4 against the spread when they are the favorite in their last 13 games. Meanwhile, ND has only two games in which they’ve covered the spread this season.

Over/Under

The point total for this Wednesday afternoon contest is set at 124.5. As of now, 74% of the bets and 69% of the handle are siding with the over.

Is the public right?

The last time these two played each in December, the total points scored was 123. This season, both the Cavs and Fighting Irish offensive stats are very similar. Virginia is averaging 71.6 points per game and shooting 49.2 percent from the field. Notre Dame, however, is scoring 70.6 points per game and shooting 44.5 percent from the field.

That being said, the difference in this game might be UVA’s defense as they are only allowing 59.4 points per game to opposing team. If UVA locks down, then the under will definitely be in play.

Moneyline

The Cavaliers have moneyline odds of -590, with the Fighting Irish’s odds coming in at +420. Out of all the moneyline bets placed for this game, Virginia is seeing 93% of the bets and 94% of the handle.

Is the public right?

The public is 100 percent right as the Cavaliers should be able to complete the season sweep over the Fighting Irish. Virginia has more playmakers on offense in Sam Hauser, Jay Huff, and Trey Murphy III, who are all averaging 10-plus points per game and shooting well from behind the arc. Also, we can’t forget to mention the Cavs’ defense, which is a calling card for head coach Tony Bennett.

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