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Virginia vs. Boston College - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston College Eagles (10-3) at Virginia Cavaliers (11-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ACC RSNs; ESPN College Extra

The Boston College Eagles will travel to John Paul Jones Arena to take on the 9th ranked Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Boston College Eagles won their 5th straight game and improved to 10-3 on the season after defeating the Richmond Spiders, 78-73 in OT, this past Saturday. Boston College allowed Richmond to fight back and force overtime after the Eagles led by double-digits midway through the 2nd half however, pulled away in the overtime period after a 6-1 Eagles run gave Boston College a 76-71 lead with just :54 seconds left in the game. Boston College shot 45.3% from the field and 40.0% (10-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Jordan Chatman who had 30 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Boston College is averaging 77.8 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Boston College has been led by Ky Bowman (16.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Jerome Robinson (16.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 apg), Jordan Chatman (14.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg), and Steffon Mitchell (6.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Boston College is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 7.5 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

Virginia vs. Boston College - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 9th ranked Virginia Cavaliers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-1 on the season after defeating the Hampton Pirates, 82-48, on December 22nd. Virginia was once again outstanding on the defensive end and had no trouble pulling away after taking a 54-30 lead with 12:52 left in regulation. Virginia held Hampton to just 25.9% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Pirates by a 46-32 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Kyle Guy who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Virginia is averaging 72.1 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 39.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia has been led by Kyle Guy (16.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.6 apg), Devon Hall (12.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), Ty Jerome (7.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Isaiah Wilkins (7.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 52.3 ppg on 35.9% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of 4.8.

The Eagles are 8-21 ATS in their last 29 road games and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. ACC opponents. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game.

Boston College picked up one of the better upsets of the season when they upset Duke at home and has been decent on both ends of the court this season as they rank 113th in scoring offense, 107th in scoring defense, and 93rd in defensive FG%. Virginia has been able to crack the top-10 in the raking led by the best defense in the country as the Cavaliers rank 1st in scoring defense, 2nd in defensive FG%, and 18th in turnover margin. Boston College suffered a huge blow when they loss Deontae Hawkins for the season and as I wasn’t that impressed with the Eagles effort against a bad Richmond team at home, I think the Virginia defense will slowly allow the Cavaliers pull away and cover this large home spread. 

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