Syracuse Orange vs Boston College Eagles Prediction, 12/12/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Syracuse Orange vs Boston College Eagles
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Location: Silvio O. Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Syracuse (-3)
The Syracuse Orange (3-1) travel to Silvio O. Conte Forum on Saturday where they'll take on the Boston College Eagles (1-4). Boston College opens this matchup as 3-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 147.5.
Syracuse heads into this one with a win-loss record of 3-1 on the campaign. The Orange are shooting 32.7% on shots from downtown (37 of 113) and 74.1% from the charity stripe. They average 79.0 pts per game (96th in college hoops) while connecting on 44.4% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.8 times per game and as a group they commit 14.0 fouls every game. As a unit, Syracuse is snagging 41.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 78 assists for the year, which is 62nd in D-1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Orange are able to force 17.5 turnovers every game and they draw 17.5 fouls. They currently rank 239th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 65 surrendered for the year. The Orange defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 37.3% (94 of 252) and they concede 37.0 boards per game as a squad. They surrender 28.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 93rd in Division 1 in points per game allowed (65.0).
The Syracuse Orange took the court against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 79-69 in their last contest. Syracuse walked away from the contest having earned a 41.4% field goal percentage (24 of 58) and made 7 of 26 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Orange knocked down 14 of their 20 tries for a rate of 70.0%. With respect to rebounding, they earned 24 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 16 assists in the game in addition to getting 10 steals and 2 blocked shots. When talking about defending, Syracuse allowed 41.4% from the floor on 24 of 58. Rutgers distributed 19 assists and 6 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Scarlet Knights totaled 40 rebounds (12 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Rutgers finished the game shooting 77.8% when shooting free throws by making 14 of 18 attempts. They made 9 of their 24 shots from 3-point land.
Alan Griffin is one player who was important for this game. He recorded 20 points on 7 out of 18 shooting. He was on the court for 37 minutes and also pulled down 8 rebounds. Griffin finished the game at 38.9% from the field and recorded 2 assists. Someone else that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Orange was Marek Dolezaj. He grabbed 4 rebounds and also collected 2 assists. He ended up shooting 54.5% from the floor in the game by hitting 6-of-11 (14 points). When this game wrapped up, Dolezaj played 37 minutes.
Boston College has a mark of 1-4 for the campaign. Boston College has 379 points for the season (75.8 per game) and they collect 33.4 boards per game. The Eagles have committed 20.2 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 64.5% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Eagles are hitting on 45.3% from the floor, which ranks them 180th in college basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 11.6 times per contest (256th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.2 times per game. The Eagles on the defensive side of the court are 281st in the nation in PPG allowed with 82.4. They are able to force 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 49.8% from the field (295th in the nation). The Boston College defense allows 29.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (29 of 97) and opponents are knocking down 69.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 14.2 dimes and 36.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 209th and 176th in the country.
When they last stepped on the court, the Boston College Eagles took a loss by a final score of 85-80 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Eagles corralled 30 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 37 in this game. They turned away 3 shots while getting 5 steals for the game. The Golden Gophers had 16 personal fouls in the game which took the Eagles to the free throw line for 10 shots. They were able to make 8 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. When it comes to three-point attempts, Boston College made 12 of their 35 tries (34.3%). When all was said and done, the Eagles went 30 out of 71 from the floor which had them at 42.3%. The Eagles allowed the Golden Gophers to convert 28 out of 64 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.8% in the game. They went 24.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 6 of 25 and ended up shooting 23 of 33 at the free throw line (69.7%). In reference to rebounds, Boston College permitted Minnesota to get 38 overall (9 offensive).
Wynston Tabbs played a lot for the Eagles for this contest. He knocked down 8 of 17 for the game for a field goal percentage of 47.1%, which earned him 24 points. Tabbs pulled down 4 boards in his 40 minutes and had 3 dimes in the game. An additional guy who saw a lot of court time for Boston College was Jay Heath. He ended up walking away with 16 points in his 37 minutes played by going 5 out of 14 from the floor for the game. Heath ended the game having shot 35.7% from the field while totaling 2 assists and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Syracuse (-3)
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