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North Carolina vs. Boston College - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston College Eagles (11-5) at North Carolina Tar Heels (12-4)
Date & Time Tuesday January 9, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -14 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ACC
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NCAA BB | Boston College Eagles (11-5) at North Carolina Tar Heels (12-4)
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The Boston College Eagles and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Dean E. Smith Center.

The Boston College Eagles need a statement victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Boston College Eagles are averaging 76 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Jerome Robinson is averaging 18.5 points and 3.9 rebounds while Ky Bowman is averaging 15.7 points and five assists. Jordan Chatman is the third double-digit scorer and Nik Popovic is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Boston College Eagles are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Boston College Eagles are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Boston College Eagles have lost three of their last four road games.

The North Carolina Tar Heels need a feel good win here after splitting their last six games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 82.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.6 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Joel Berry II is averaging 17.9 points and 2.9 assists while Luke Maye is averaging 17.3 points and 10.4 rebounds. Kenny Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Theo Pinson is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.7 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won six of their last seven home games.

The Eagles are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Atlantic Coast and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tar Heels are 28-12-2 ATS in their last 42 home games, 35-17 ATS in their last 52 Tuesday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Boston College Eagles have shown they can hang with the big boys, as they lost to Virginia by one point on the road and lost to a good Clemson squad by four points. Four of Boston College's five losses have been decided by single digits. The North Carolina Tar Heels have obviously the better team, but I don't like this roster, as it often teels like it's Berry or bust, and they can struggle for long stretches. UNC has also lost three of its last five games, that includes a loss to Wofford. I'm taking my points if forced to pick this ACC battle.

Pick:
Boston College Eagles +14

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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