Virginia Tech vs. Boston College - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech - Boston College
Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Cassell Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -16.5 -- Over/Under 142
TV: ACC RSNs; ESPN ACC Network; ESPN College Extra
The Boston College Eagles will travel to Cassell Coliseum to take on the 10th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Boston College Eagles had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-3 (0-0 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Hartford Hawks, 79-78 in OT, this past Monday. Hartford’s Jason Dunne was able to hit three FT’s with 4.9 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and the Eagles couldn’t avoid the upset loss at home after having no answers on the defensive end for Hartford’s, J.P. Lynch in overtime. Boston College shot 45.8% from field however, lost the turnover battle by a 19-13 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Ky Bowman who had a double-double with 44 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 5 steals.
On the season, Boston College is averaging 77.3 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 30.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Boston College has been led by Ky Bowman (20.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.6 spg), Wynston Tabbs (14.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Nik Popovic (13.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.3 bpg), and Jordan Chatman (12.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg).
Defensively, Boston College is allowing their opponents to average 70.8 ppg on 39.1% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
The 10th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies won their 7th straight game and improved to 12-1 (1-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 81-66, this past Tuesday. Virginia Tech led by just a 30-28 margin at halftime, however, was able to pull away late in the 2nd half after an 11-0 Hokies run gave Virginia Tech a 71-53 lead with 5:14 left in regulation. Virginia Tech shot 60.0% from the field and 61.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hokies was Kerry Blackshear Jr. who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.
On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 81.5 ppg on 51.8% shooting from the field. The Hokies are averaging 11.2 three-pointers per game on 45.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker (18.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.4 spg), Kerry Blackshear Jr. (13.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Justin Robinson (13.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.8 spg), and Ahmed Hill (13.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 57.3 ppg on 39.2% shooting from the field. The Hokies have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of 4.8.
The Eagles are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hokies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 home games.
Boston College has one of the better players in the ACC in Ky Bowman who can light up a scoreboard in a hurry, however, the Eagles 9-3 record isn’t overly impressive as they had a somewhat soft non-conference schedule which included losses to IUPUI & Hartford. Boston College can struggle beyond the arc, however, does rank 106th in scoring offense & 173rd in scoring defense. Virginia Tech is a talented team that should have a bunch of success this season in the ACC as they Hokies currently rank 49th in scoring offense, 5th in FG%, & 4th in scoring defense. The Hokies have a talented starting five that can beat you many ways and has been great from beyond the arc as the rank 6th in three-pointers made per game & 2nd in 3P-FG%. Virginia Tech is 8-0 at home this season with an average margin of victory of 24.2 points and as I just don’t see Boston College being able to hang with the Hokies on the road, I’m taking Virginia Tech to cover this large home spread.