Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Boston College Eagles - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston College Eagles (9-11) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Joyce Center)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ACC RSN
The Boston College Eagles will travel to the Purcell Pavilion to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Boston College Eagles dropped to 9-11 (1-7 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Clemson Tigers, 64-49, this past Saturday. Boston College shot 39.1% from the field and was outrebounded by Clemson by a 37-27 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Oliver Hanlan who had 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Boston College is ranked 123rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 31st ranked SOS. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Olivier Hanlan (16.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.8 apg) and Aaron Brown (14.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg). Offensively, Boston College is averaging 64.2 ppg (ranked 257th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 190th). The Eagles average 6.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 195th) on just 31.2% three-point shooting (ranked 275th). Defensively, Boston College is holding their opponents to 64.6 ppg (ranked 137th) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 174th). The Eagles hold their opponents to 30.5% from beyond the arc (ranked 49th) and pull down 32.2 total rpg (ranked 279th).
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The 10th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish had their five game winning streak snapped and dropped to 20-3 (8-2 ACC) on the season after losing 76-72 to the Pittsburgh Panthers this past Saturday. Notre Dame allowed Pittsburgh to shoot 58.5% from the field and 50.0% (4-8) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Fighting Irish was Zach Auguste who had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Notre Dame is ranked 28th in the RPI Standings and has played the 134th ranked SOS. On the season, the Fighting Irish have been led by Jerian Grant (17.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.3 apg) and Zach Auguste (13.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg). Offensively, Notre Dame is averaging 81.2 ppg (ranked 8th) on 52.1% shooting (ranked 2nd). The Fighting Irish average 8.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 20th) and has a 1.68 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 2nd). Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing their opponents to average 64.2 ppg (ranked 124th) on 41.4% shooting (ranked 119th). The Fighting Irish commit just 14.0 fouls per game (ranked 3rd) and pull down 25.74 defensive rpg (ranked 59th).
The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 6-18-2 ATS in their last 26 home games and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games.
Boston College has struggled on the road this season and although they have a great guard in Olivier Hanlan, he has really had trouble with his outside shooting as he is only hitting 31.3% from beyond the arc. Notre Dame will be looking to get back on track at home and I can see Notre Dame pulling away from the Eagles in the second half. I think Notre Dame wins big and covers this spread.