West Virginia vs. Notre Dame - 3/18/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

NCAA Tournament West Region Huggins

At the half, West Virginia clung to a 28-27 lead behind 12 points from Tynice Martin.

Notre Dame advanced to the second round with a 60-58 win over Princeton, but the Fighting Irish failed to cover as a 5.5-point favorite.

West Virginia would continue its dominance in the final five minutes of the game, holding off another rally by the Fighting Irish and connecting on free throws. No team in the tournament averages fewer turnovers than Notre Dame.

This would of been Notre Dame's third consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance if they would of pulled out the win.

The Mountaineers blitzed out to a 10-0 lead thanks to a pair of triples and some all-too-familiar press defense. "They came out and played hard and battled the whole game", coach Mike Carey said. We got to be tough and strong with the ball like I said we're going to turn the ball over, we're not ideal they're good at what they do. He just needs to get on to the next one and guard on the other end. The Big 12 Tournament, we had all kinds of energy. The 1958-59 team scored 2,884 points in just 34 games in a season that ended with a loss to California in the national championship game. By the time the next media timeout arrived, the Bison had five turnovers and trailed 25-12. But Notre Dame is not a team known for its incredible quickness. "I think their defense creates and turns it to their offense, and that's something that they're really known for".

Notre Dame averages 77.5 points per game and shoots 45.9 percent from the field, including 38.5 percent from 3. We've got to stick with what we're doing. Has he got a shot in a while, has he got a touch?

The Fighting Irish can shoot and score.

Brey particularly remembers a trip to Morgantown, when former Mountaineer star Jerry West's son, Jonnie, came off the bench and immediately hit a 3-pointer. Davon Reed added 12 points and Bruce Brown 11 for the Hurricanes, who shot just 40.4 percent (21 of 52) and struggled to slow Michigan State's tandem of Ward and Bridges.

"We are certainly going to have to play better than we did today", veteran head coach Bob Huggins explained. "Now, that's easier said than done because they're really good in the half court. That's their game - they shoot 3s and try to outscore you".

The No. 10 University of Notre Dame women's lacrosse team trekked down to Charlottesville, Virginia, for its third straight road matchup against Virginia at Noon ET on Saturday at Klockner Stadium. WVU went 4-2 against those teams.

Those were the most Notre Dame turnovers since it flubbed a season-worst 18 at Florida State on January 18. "I think [WVU's defense] is a little more different, a little more havoc, I would say, or reckless". "We have to get every 50/50 ball for us to win". Everybody that's on the floor needs to be a receiver.

Notre Dame enters this game with a 26-9 record overall. Guard Matt Farrell led the way with 16 points, but it was Princeton's Devin Cannady who missed the biggest shot of the game when the Tigers' sharpshooter elected to go for a game-winning triple with four seconds left in the game instead of driving to the bucket for a possible game-tying deuce. Junior Teana Muldrow grabbed 10 rebounds, scored six points and distributed seven assists.

"If I can get out of here, I've got to kiss babies, and wave to people", Brey said.

"We have a press offense that you work on back in October", he said.

After losing on Oklahoma State's meaningless buzzer-beating 3-pointer, even I'm questioning whether we should be doing this anymore.

Related News: