Feb. 4, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Pat Connaughton (24) shoots a three point basket in the second half against the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 76-59. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame vs West Virginia Preview

On Wednesday, the men’s Fighting Irish basketball team will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. Notre Dame will be heavily tested on the road, something they’ve been pretty good at overcoming during Big East play.

The Irish 7-3 in the conference and sitting nicely in 4th place. For WVU, they are 6-5 and are in 8th place in the Big East.

This is the first of two meetings between these teams. On the 22nd of February, they will met in South Bend for what could be a “bubble game” for Notre Dame.

Players to watch:

For Notre Dame, it has to be Pat Connaughton. This freshman played outstanding last Saturday against Marquette. I expect him to get a lot of minutes tomorrow and to be heavy guarded by the Mountaineer defense. It will be tough for him to match his numbers from Saturday, but even half of his production will go along way in this game.

For West Virginia, look for senior Kevin Jones. He is solid forward from Mount Vernon, New York that will play all 40 minutes, and have a 20 point-10 rebound outing. He is the go-to-man and has been great for them all year long.

Score Prediction:

Notre Dame 68,  West Virginia 59

The slow-tempo Mike Brey offense will be too much for WVU to handle. I can’t see Notre Dame losing after the great wins and effort they have shown me over the recent weeks. Notre Dame will get it done and move to 8-3 in conference play.


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