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Syracuse vs Boston College 12/31/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Boston College Eagles (7-6) vs. Syracuse Orange (8-5)
December 31, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Syracuse Orange -9.5 / Boston College Eagles +9.5; Over/Under: +132.5
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The Boston College Eagles and the Syracuse Orange meet in college basketball action from the JMA Wireless Dome on Saturday afternoon.

The Boston College Eagles will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 70-65 win at home over Virginia Tech last time out. Makai Ashton-Langford leads Boston College in scoring with 11.5 PPG and 2.2 APG while also logging 3.4 RPG and Jaeden Zackery has 10.9 PPG with 3.5 RPG and 2.2 APG as the only other double-digit scorer for Boston College up to this point in the year as well as the Eagles’ leader in assists. T.J. Bickerstaff also has a team-high 7 RPG to lead the Eagles on the glass up to this point in the season. As a team, Boston College is averaging 64.3 PPG on 41.3% shooting from the field, 26.6% from three and 67.1% from the foul line this season.

The Syracuse Orange will look to rebound from an 84-82 loss to Pitt in their last game. Judah Mintz leads the Orange in scoring and assists with 4 APG to go along with his 15.6 PPG this season while Joseph Girard III has 15.2 PPG and Jesse Edwards has 14.4 PPG with a team-high 11.2 RPG to lead the Orange on the glass, averaging a double-double per game while also capping off the trio of double-digit scorers for Syracuse up to this point in the season. As a team, Syracuse is averaging 75.3 PPG on 46.3% shooting from the field, 32.8% from three and 73.2% from the foul line this season

Boston College is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Syracuse is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games against a team with a losing road record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.

I get the case to be made for an underdog in some spots, but Boston College just really struggles on the road, as they’re scoring just 63 PPG away from home this season while Syracuse is outscoring teams by 12 PPG putting up over 81 PPG at home on the year. I just think this is another road game where BC struggles and Syracuse wins by double-digits so I’ll lay the points with the Orange here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Syracuse -9.5

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