Pittsburgh at Boston College
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 12, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Boston College Eagles PK -- Over/Under: 134.5
The Pittsburgh Panthers and the Boston College Eagles meet in an ACC tournament first round matchup from the Spectrum Center in college basketball action on Tuesday night.
The Pittsburgh Panthers come into the tournament as the #14 seed, finishing the year with a 13-18 overall record, including 3-15 in conference play, winning out on a head-to-head tiebreaker with Notre Dame for the higher tournament seed. Pitt’s 3 losses out of conference game to Iowa, West Virginia and a shock 1-point loss to Niagara as 16.5-point favorites. Pitt started conference play alternating wins and losses in each of their first 4 games before a 13-game losing streak continued until a win over Notre Dame to finish the season. Xavier Johnson led the Panthers with 15.6 points and 4.5 assists per game while Jared Wilson-Frame came 2nd in scoring with 12.2 points per game and Trey McGowens was Pitt’s 3rd leading scorer with 11.5 points per game. Au’Diese Toney is Pitt’s leading rebounder with 5.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 69.9 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.
The Boston College Eagles come into this tournament as the #11 seed after finishing the season with a 14-16 overall record, including 5-13 in conference play. Boston College had some quality wins out of the gate, with wins over 2018 final four team Loyola-Chicago, along with victories over Minnesota and DePaul. BC was a streaky team in conference play, starting 0-4 before picking up back-to-back wins before another 4-game losing streak and another pair of back-to-back wins. The Eagles fell apart down the stretch, losing 5 of 6 including their last 3 games to finish the season. Ky Bowman led the Eagles in scoring and assists with 19.2 points and 4.2 assists per game while also adding 7.5 rebounds per game. Nik Popovic had 14.2 points per game and Wynston Tabbs chipped in 13.9 points per game. Jordan Chatman was Boston College’s 4th double-digit scorer, averaging 13.1 points per game while Steffon Mitchell grabbed a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Boston College is averaging 70.9 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 32% from behind the arc and 69.5% from the foul line this season.
Pittsburgh is 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 6-17 ATS in their last 23 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 neutral site games. Boston College is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I’d like to give Pitt a shot as anything can happen in the conference tournament, but the fact is that Pitt was struggling to not only win but cover games as well long before the conference tournament started. Boston College has had their ups and downs, but the Eagles have been easier to trust offensively and will have the best player on the floor in Ky Bowman. I just don’t have faith in the Panthers here, so it’s Boston College or pass for me in this pick ‘em scenario.