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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Boston College Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14

Boston College Eagles (6-14) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Joyce Center)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The Boston College Eagles travel to Notre Dame to play the Irish on Saturday.

Boston College improved to 6-14, 2-5 ACC after beating Virginia Tech at home 76-52 on Wednesday. Boston College shot 44.4% from the field and 37.8% from behind the arc, while shooting 77.8% from the free throw line. Joe Rahon scored a team-high 20 points, while Ryan Anderson scored 18 for the Eagles. Olivier Hanlan added 11 points for Boston College, which has won their only two conference games this season against Virginia Tech. On the season, Hanlan leads the Eagles with 18.9 points per game. Anderson is averaging 14.5 points per game while also leading the team with 7.2 rebounds per contest. The Eagles are averaging 69.6 points per game while shooting 44.4% from the field. Boston College is one of the worst rebounding teams in the country, averaging only 30.6 boards per game. The Eagles have now won only two games in their past nine games overall. Boston College will hit the road for this game; the Eagles are an awful 1-6 on the road this season.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Boston College Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish dropped to 11-10, 2-6 ACC after losing at home against Virginia 68-53 on Tuesday night. The Irish shot only 42.6% from the field and 38.9% from three-point range, while only getting to the free throw line nine times. Demetrius Jackson and Zach Auguste scored 10 points each for the Irish. Garrick Sherman finished with 8 points, marking just the second time in the last 18 games he failed to score in double figures. On the year, Sherman averages a team-high 15.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Atkins averages a team-high 5 assists, while Connaughton averages 7.5 boards per contest. The Irish are averaging 76.4 points per game while shooting a solid 46.3% from the field as a team this season. The Irish have lost six out of their last seven games overall and have really struggled on both ends of the floor since the start of 2014. The Irish will stay home for Saturday’s game; Notre Dame has lost two out of their last three at home this season.

Notre Dame has just played awful over the past month and there is no way I can back them right now. Boston College is not a great team but they have been improving over the past month and have the ability to score in bunches. I think the Eagles will keep things close and they should have a chance to steal a win on the road.

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