Boston College Eagles (9-4) vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-5)Date : 01/12/2019
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Joyce Center, South Bend, Indiana
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston College Eagles vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Boston College Eagles will visit the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana, in which to battle the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for an all-important ACC battle. Notre Dame continues to collapse on the season as they are now losers of two straight games after suffering a defeat at the hands of the Syracuse Orange in their last matchup as the Orange was able to pull away after a tightly-contested first half by scoring 35 points compared to just 24 for the home team en route to the victory. Syracuse was able to shoot just 41% from the floor on the night while their defense held the Fighting Irish to just 34% shooting, which was essential in the road team picking up the win.
On the other hand, the Boston College Eagles are also losers of their last two games has they came up on the losing end versus the Virginia Tech Hokies in their last time out as the Hokies also pulled away in the second half by outscoring the road team 47-34 in the second half while also shooting 47% from the floor as opposed to just 39% for the Eagles.
Boston College Eagles's Latest Performance :
Much like the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Boston College Eagles are certainly going through their fair share of issues, offensively, during a critical point in the season. Boston College enters this game losers of their last three games, overall, as their offense has regressed with each game that passed. In their last outing versus the Virginia Cavaliers, Boston College had their lowest output in their last 10 games, overall as they posted just 56 points during the contest while shooting 38% from the floor in addition to connecting on just seven of 25 attempts from long range.
This was certainly in contrast to the 83 points per outing that the Eagles were averaging in their prior five home games. Nonetheless, they were led by Nick Popovic along with Ky Bowman who led the team with 16 and 15 points in the loss as the latter went 4-7 from three-point range.
The Eagles allowed a struggling offense for the Virginia Cavaliers to post 60% shooting from the floor on this night while making good on 8 of 25 3-point attempts as Mamadi Diakite along with DeAndre Hunter having 18 points apiece to lead the Cavaliers in the route. Nonetheless, the Boston College Eagles will look to regroup at this time while taking to the road, where they have lost their last two, in which to face a struggling Notre Dame squad that will be licking their chops in which to pick up the victory on Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Irish have won five of their last six games at the Joyce Center where their defense, which is been the tip of the spear in their success in 2018, is allowing opponents to average just 69 points per game.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish's Latest Performance :
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish can certainly use a shot in the arm on both ends of the floor at this time of season as their offense has struggled lately while the defense has given up around 86 points per game in their last two outings, all resulting in losses. In their last contest versus the Syracuse Orange at home, the Fighting Irish were only allowed to shoot just 34% from the floor yet were able to connect on 11 3-pointers as Temple Gibbs led the team off the bench with 18 points as he went 6-13 from three-point range while John Mooney recorded a double-double with 14 points along with pulling down 14 rebounds in the 10 point loss.
A struggling offense for Syracuse was able to shoot a tad better at 42% while making good on 12 3 pointers on the day as Elijah Hughes, O’shae Brissett, along with Tyus Battle ended the game with 21, 19, along with 17 points for Syracuse as the Orange allowed the Fighting Irish to grace the free throw line 16 times compared to only five for the visitors. Yet, Syracuse outrebounded Notre Dame by 43-35 margin for the game while also taking advantage of 10 costly turnovers for the home team en route to the victory.
Look for Notre Dame to have their own fair share of issues versus a Boston College team that is allowing opponents to average only 40% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis in 2018. Nonetheless, the Eagles have regressed on the defensive end in the last couple games as they are allowing opponents to average around 80 points per game during their current losing streak.
How Boston College Eagles & Notre Dame Fighting Irish Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Boston College is 6.7 against the spread while the OU is 7 – 6
Notre Dame is 6-9 against the spread while the OU is 8 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for both these struggling offense to push the pace early and often in this contest is they will not only be looking to kick-start their dismal offenses, but, will also be looking to ensure that the defenses that will be taking the floor on this day will certainly not have the opportunity to get set on this end of the floor. As stated, the defenses for both teams are certainly above average in 2018 as each team will be looking to establish themselves early and often on this side of the floor. One should certainly expect a very interesting and possibly low-scoring contest amongst these two teams where the defenses will certainly take center stage throughout.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
My reason for the pick :
I will not feel comfortable at all backing the Boston College Eagles in this matchup as they have struggled entirely too much lately in which to back in any instance. Notre Dame, on the other hand, has struggled this well, however, have a fared well at home recently in winning five of their last six, as stated. It is for this reason that I will certainly back the home team to create some space between themselves and the visitors at some point in this contest while relying on their defense in which to neutralize an already inconsistent offense for Boston College. The offense for Notre Dame will hit some critical shots down the stretch as well as the Fighting Irish will find themselves in the win column within the conference with a huge victory on Saturday.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I happen to believe that the under is indeed the strong play in this matchup as both offenses that will be taking the floor on Saturday afternoon has struggled mightily throughout the season. Also, when one considers that both offenses have really been on the downward trend lately, one will certainly conclude that the under will indeed be the result of this contest. Furthermore, the defenses for these teams are allowing 42% shooting, or less, to their opponents throughout the season and will certainly look to put in a better defensive performance in which to compensate for a lack of offensive output at this point in the season.
Betting trends for Boston College Eagles:
- The Eagles are 2-5 against the spread in last 7 games
- The over is 4 – 2 in Eagles last six games
Betting trends for Notre Dame Fighting Irish:
- The Fighting Irish are 1-4 against the spread in last 5 games
- The over is 4-2 in Fighting Irish last six games