Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-0) at Boston College Eagles (4-1)
|Date & Time||Monday November 26, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston College Eagles PK -- Over/Under: 148.5
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Boston College Eagles meet in college basketball action from the Silvio Conte Forum on Monday night as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to remain unbeaten after a 68-66 win over Washington in their last outing pushed the Golden Gophers to 5-0 this season. Jordan Murphy led Minnesota with 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting with a game-high 11 rebounds for the double-double while Amir Coffey added 17 points as the only other Minnesota player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Coffey leads Minnesota in scoring with 14.4 points per game while Murphy leads the Golden Gophers in rebounding and assists, averaging a double-double per game with 14 points, 4 assists and 12.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 79.8 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 39.8% from behind the 3-point line and 63.9% from the foul line this season.
The Boston College Eagles will look to build on their 4-1 start to the year after a 78-66 win over Loyola-Chicago in their last outing. Jordan Chatman led the Eagles with 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 6 rebounds while Nik Popovic added 14 points and 6 boards of his own. Ky Bowman chipped in 12 points and a team-high 5 assists and 2 steals while Jairus Hamilton added 11 points to finish off the quartet of double-digit scorers for the Eagles in the winning effort. Wynston Tabbs added 9 points with a team-high 7 rebounds in the win as well for BC. Bowman leads Boston College with an average of 21.8 points and 3.4 assists per game while Steffon Mitchell leads the Eagles on the glass with 8.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Boston College is averaging 76.4 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the arc and 66.4% from the foul line this season.
Minnesota is 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall and 21-45-1 ATS in their last 67 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the ACC. Boston College is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game quite a bit and clearly Vegas has too which is why the game is lined at a pick ‘em. However with that said, this is a tough test for Minnesota in their first true road game and Boston College has already shut me up once this season, but I have to go with the Golden Gophers here. Minnesota is more battle-tested, and while Minnesota let a lot of people down last season (myself included), starting 6-0 with wins over multiple top-tier teams would be a huge confidence boost so I’ll back Minnesota for the win here.