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Notre Dame at No. 10 Virginia Tech

1 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum

Records: Notre Dame 10-3; Virginia Tech 11-1


Last meeting: Notre Dame won 71-65 on March 7, 2018 in the second round of the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Notre Dame probable starters: F Juwan Durham (7.1 ppg, 3.2 blocks), F John Mooney (12.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg), G Prentiss Hubb (6.8 ppg), G D.J. Harvey (11.4 ppg), G T.J. Gibbs (14.2 ppg).

Virginia Tech probable starters: F Kerry Blackshear Jr. (13.0 ppg); G Justin Robinson (13.9 ppg, 5.9 apg); G Ahmed Hill (12.9 ppg); either F Ty Outlaw (8.1 ppg) or F P.J. Horne (5.5 ppg); and either G Nickeil Alexander-Walker (18.5 ppg, 2.5 spg) or G Wabisse Bede (4.1 ppg).

Notes: Alexander-Walker missed Tech’s win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday with a sprained right ankle. … Notre Dame has won four straight games since suffering back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and UCLA. … Notre Dame is coming a 63-56 win over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference lightweight Coppin State. The Fighting Irish trailed 44-36 in the second half. …  Notre Dame senior point guard Rex Pflueger suffered a season-ending ACL injury in a Dec. 15 win over Purdue. He was averaging 8.1 points and was leading the team in assists and steals. … Notre Dame freshman Robby Carmody has also suffered a season-ending injury. … The Hokies won at Notre Dame last January, snapping a seven-game losing streak i n the series and beating the Fighting Irish for the first time since the 1973 NIT title game. But Notre Dame rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit — the biggest comeback in Fighting Irish history — to beat the Hokies two months later in the ACC Tournament. That was part of the Hokies’ season-ending three-game losing streak. … Notre Dame is 4-0 at Cassell. … Notre Dame coach Mike Brey is 9-3 all-time against Tech’s Buzz Williams.

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