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Vegas Play of the Day: West Virginia vs. Notre Dame

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Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson (35) and Princeton forward Steven Cook (25) go for the loose ball during the first half of a first-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Sat, Mar 18, 2017 (2 a.m.)

We’re entering the third season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.

Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300. Ray Brewer won the 2015-2016 season, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-2015. Bern stepped away in the middle of the 2016-2017 season with a 16-12 record and $13,317 bankroll, with Mike Grimala taking his place.

West Virginia minus-2.5 vs Notre Dame, $550 to win $500: I have West Virginia reaching the Final Four in my bracket, meaning covering a small number at minus-2.5 against Notre Dame shouldn’t be a problem.

West Virginia ranks 20th nationally in points per game at 82. It gets good guard play — a key to winning at this stage of the season — in ranking 16th nationally in assists at 16.7 per game.

Jevon Carter, who is arguably West Virginia’s best player, will have his hands full with Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell in the backcourt. But if he can stop Farrell from drastically impacting the game, then WVU’s other players should be at an advantage.

Notre Dame is weak on the inside and averages just 33.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 274th nationally. West Virginia should be able to find success near the rim.

Current Standings: Grimala (5-8, $9,000), Keefer (39-34-2, $8,381), Granger (12-14-1, $7,950), Brewer (25-26-1, $6,885)

Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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