Western Kentucky vs. Boston College - NIT First Round - 3/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston College Eagles (19-15) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (24-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm (E.A. Diddle Arena)
The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some NIT first round action out of the USC bracket as the #5 seed Boston College Eagles take on the #4 seed Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a college basketball matchup on Tuesday night.
The Boston College Eagles come into the NIT as the #5 seed after finishing the regular season with a 19-15 overall record, including a 7-11 mark in ACC play, good for the #12 seed in the tournament, picking up wins in the first two rounds over Georgia Tech and NC State before falling to Clemson in the quarterfinals. The Eagles scheduled themselves pretty tough out of conference, starting 5-1 with their lone loss coming to Texas Tech, and followed that up with a pair of losses to Providence and Nebraska. Jerome Robinson led BC in scoring with an average of 20.9 points per game while Ky Bowman led Boston College in assists with 4.8 assists per game and Steffon Mitchell led the Eagles on the glass with 8.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Boston College is scoring 76.8 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 73.9% from the foul line this season.
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers received their invite to the NIT as a #4 seed following a 24-10 regular season mark that included a 14-4 mark in C-USA play, which was good enough for the #3 seed in the conference tournament. The Hilltoppers took down UAB and Old Dominion to reach the conference title game, before falling to Marshall in the championship game by a final score of 67-66. Give Western Kentucky some credit, as the Hilltoppers scheduled some tough opposition of their own, putting up single digit loss to Villanova, Belmont and Wisconsin, while putting up victories over SMU and a couple of tournament teams in Wright State and a #2 seed Purdue. Justin Johnson leads Western Kentucky with an average of 15.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while Darius Thompson is the Hilltoppers’ leading assist man with 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Western Kentucky is scoring 78.4 points per game on 49.3% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the arc and 71% from the foul line this season.
Boston College is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the over is 18-7-1 in their last 26 games overall. Western Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the ACC and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall.
Boston College had a good showing in the ACC tournament, but the Eagles struggled mightily on the road this season. Western Kentucky had a solid showing of their own, narrowly missing out on the big dance by a point. The trends favor the Hilltoppers here and if this was on a neutral floor I'd give a look to Boston College, but at home, I think Western Kentucky will be too much, so I'll lay the points with the Hilltoppers here.