Virginia Cavaliers (13-0) vs Boston College Eagles (9-4)Date : 01/09/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachussetts
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Virginia Cavaliers vs Boston College Eagles
The second-ranked Virginia Cavaliers will travel to Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, in which to battle the Boston College Eagles in what will be a hotly-contested ACC matchup on Wednesday night beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Eagles have recently fallen on a rough patch as they are losers of two straight games as they fell in their last outing to the red hot Virginia Tech Hokies as Boston College was able to go in at the break up by a slim two points. Nonetheless, the Hokies were able to regroup after the half while outscoring the visitors by a 47-34 margin en route to the much-needed victory.
On the other hand, the Virginia Cavaliers were victorious in their last outing versus the Florida State Seminoles as they were able to pick up a 13-point win behind just 34% shooting for the Seminoles while the Cavaliers were also able to take advantage of 13 costly turnovers for FSU. In all, UVA has only allowed 70 or more points in only one of their last 10 games, overall.
Virginia Cavaliers's Latest Performance :
Virginia has reeled off a set of wins to begin their 2018 campaign through their ability to not only hit critical shots on the offenses end, but, to also rely on a tough and physical defensive approach against their opponents which has worked out outstandingly, thus far. As stated, Virginia has only allowed 70 or more points in one of their last 10 games and will certainly like to keep this streak going versus a Boston College team that has cooled off a bit on the offensive end, recently.
Nonetheless, look for Virginia to maintain their same philosophy for this contest on Wednesday night versus Boston College as they will stifle their opponent throughout 40 minutes in which to cause turnovers along with create easier opportunities on the offensive end. This was certainly the case in the last matchup versus the Florida State Seminoles as Virginia allowed just 34% shooting for Florida State, as stated, while allowing 26% shooting from three-point range as the leading scorer in Phil Cofer led the team with just nine points while going 3 – 8 from the field. On the other hand, UVA shot only a tad better at 40% while connecting on seven of 16 three-point attempts as Kyle Guy went 5-6 from long-range on the night while leading the team with 21 points. In addition to Guy, Braxton Key also went 2 – five from three-point range on the night while delivering a solid performance off the bench with 20 points along with six rebounds in the victory for the Cavaliers.
As stated, Virginia was also able to capitalize off 13 turnovers from their opponents on this night while also slightly outrebounded them by 32-29 margin en route to the victory. Virginia looks to carry this momentum into this matchup versus a Boston College team that has struggled recently, as stated, yet has won four of their last six games at Conte Forum.
Boston College Eagles's Latest Performance :
As stated, Boston College will certainly need to pick up a win in this contest versus a tough Virginia team on Wednesday night. However, in order to do this, they must certainly be much more consistent on the offensive end as they have certainly stunk it up in this area in their last few outings. In all, the Eagles are averaging just 68 points per game in their last three outings. And while they started the game red hot versus the Virginia Tech Hokies, they ended the game shooting just 39% from the floor while allowing 47% for the Hokies, who pulled away in the second half en route to the victory. The Hokies also outrebounded the visitors in this matchup while also taking advantage of 12 turnovers throughout the contest as well.
Leading scorer for the Eagles, Ky Bowman, finished the game with just 14 points on a horrible shooting night in going 4-14 in addition to having five turnovers. Jordan Chatman also went 4-7 from the floor while leading the team with 18 points in the contest in a losing effort. On the other hand, Virginia Tech possessed two 20 point scorers in Nickeil Alexander-Walker along with Kerry Blackshear Jr., who ended the game with 25 and 20 points, respectively.
In all, Boston College will certainly look to shore up offensive deficiencies versus a tough-minded defensive team for the Virginia Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Defensively, Boston College may be able to stay in this game for quite some time if they are able to utilize a defense, which is allowing just 68 points in the last four outings, in which to curb the scoring for a Virginia offense that is no stranger to having lulls every now and again on the offensive side of the floor.
How Virginia Cavaliers & Boston College Eagles Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Virginia is 10 – 3 against the spread while the OU is 5-8
Boston College is 6 – 7 against the spread while the OU is 7 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a highly competitive ACC contest among the two teams that will be looking to either continue their present success, or, to halt a current rough patch in which to string together a set of victories. As pointed out, Boston College has played much better at home than on the road in 2018 and will be looking to push the pace constantly in which to pick up some easy baskets versus a solid Virginia defense. On the other hand, Virginia will look to slow down the pace of this game considerably in which to allow for their defense to take control of the game while also allowing the team to obtain easy offensive opportunities.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Virginia Cavaliers
My reason for the pick :
Look for the Cavaliers to pull out yet another convincing win over the Boston College Eagles in this matchup on Wednesday night. The fact is that while Virginia’s offense may have a tendency to struggle at times throughout the season, they have the ability to where teams down with the sheer physicality of their defensive set throughout the course of a game in which to pick up victories. Look for these trends to continue in this matchup versus a struggling Boston College team on the offensive end as Virginia will begin to take control of this game at some point while pulling away due to their ability to remain consistent on the defensive end while continuing to hit pivotal shots on offense.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Look for the under to certainly be the play in this contest as Boston College will continue to struggle versus a Virginia defense that continues to be one of the stingiest in the nation. Also, look for Virginia to struggle as well as Boston College is only allowing teams to shoot 38% from the floor on a nightly basis.
Betting trends for Virginia Cavaliers:
- The Cavaliers are 7-1 against the spread in last 8 games
- The under is 5-1 in Cavaliers last six games
Betting trends for Boston College Eagles:
- The Eagles are 2-5 against the spread in the last 7 games
- The over is 4-2 in Eagles last 6 games