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Boston College Eagles vs. Connecticut Huskies Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/21/13

Connecticut Huskies (4-0) at Boston College Eagles (1-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Boston College Eagles +9 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Boston College Eagles and the UConn Huskies face off on Thursday in Madison Square Garden for a college basketball matchup.

The Boston College Eagles are off to a 103 start but are coming off of their first win of the season. After losses to Providence, UMass, and Toledo, BC beat FAU by three on Sunday. Olivier Hanlan leads the Eagles averaging 24.5 points with 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Ryan Anderson is averaging 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks, Joe Rahon is averaging 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, and Patrick Heckman is averaging 8.0 points. BC is averaging 81.2 points while shooting 47.9 percent from the floor, 36.7 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 83.2 percent from the free throw line while their opponents shoot 49.4 percent and average 85.5 points. It doesn’t get much easier for Boston College when they play their ACC schedule.

Boston College Eagles vs. Connecticut Huskies Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/21/13

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The UConn Huskies are off to a 4-0 start to the season and after not being able to go to the NCAA Tournament last season for academic reasons they appear determined to get there this season. Connecticut squeaked to a one point win in their opener against Maryland but since then it has been three decisive wins in a row for the Huskies. Shabazz Napier leads UConn averaging 13.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Ryan Boatright averages 12.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.8 steals, Omar Calhoun averages 12 points, Niels Giffey averages 11.5 points, and DeAndre Daniels averages 10.8 points. UConn is averaging 84 points and they are shooting 53.6 percent from the floor, 52.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 73.2 percent from the free throw line and their opponents score 63.5 points and shoot 34.4 percent. The Huskies rely largely on their outside shooting.

Boston College is 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 0-5 against the spread in their last five games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four non-conference games. UConn is 5-0 against the spread following a win, 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games, and 19-7 against the spread in their last 26 neutral site games. The underdog has covered the point spread in the last six meetings of these two.

This is a big number and while it could be a blowout for UConn their reliance on the outside shot keeps this close. 

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Boston College +9

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