Villanova Wildcats vs Boston College Eagles Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs Boston College Eagles
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Villanova (-13.5)
The Villanova Wildcats (24-7 last season) travel to Mohegan Sun Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Boston College Eagles (13-19 last year). Boston College opens this matchup as 13.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 141.5.
The Villanova Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Georgetown Hoyas and walked away with a win by a score of 70-69 in their last game of the season. Villanova wrapped up the game having earned a 46.9% FG percentage (23 of 49) and knocked down 10 of their 25 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Wildcats made 14 of their 18 tries for a rate of 77.8%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they compiled 29 with 2 of them being offensive. They also doled out 14 dimes for this game as well as earning 4 steals and 2 rejections. In terms of the defense, Villanova allowed their opponent to shoot 46.9% from the floor by going 23 out of 49. Georgetown distributed 12 dimes and 4 steals for this contest. Additionally, the Hoyas collected 27 boards (5 offensive, 22 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Georgetown finished shooting 60.0% at the charity stripe by making 6 of their 10 tries. They knocked down 9 of 20 attempts from beyond the perimeter. Collin Gillespie is someone who was a major contributor in this matchup. He scored 11 points on 3 out of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 40 mins and also collected 4 boards. Gillespie finished shooting 30.0% from the field and also totaled 5 assists. Another guy that played a role in this matchup for the Wildcats was Justin Moore. He grabbed 9 rebounds and also accumulated 2 assists. He went 37.5% from the field in the matchup via 3-of-8 (11 points). When all was said and done, Moore was on the hardwood for 39 minutes.
Villanova steps onto the court after finishing with a record of 24-7 last season. They had an average of 73.2 points per game (116th in D-1) while shooting 44.1% from the field. The Wildcats connected on 35.9% on shots from beyond the arc (307 of 854) and 75.9% from the free throw line. As a team Villanova pulled in 35.9 rebounds per contest and earned 449 dimes last season, which was 82nd in college hoops in terms of passing. They turned it over 10.8 times per game and as a unit committed 15.2 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense the Wildcats were able to force their opponents into 11.5 turnovers every game while drawing 16.2 personal fouls. They surrendered 32.5% on shots from beyond the arc while they were 91st in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (66.4). The Wildcats defense allowed a shooting percentage of 43.0% (784 of 1,822) and they relinquished 34.2 boards per contest as a unit. They were ranked 124th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 373 relinquished last season.
For their last game, the Boston College Eagles took a loss by a final score of 80-58 against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Eagles corralled 27 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 31 for the game. They also turned away 3 shots while earning 4 steals in this contest. The Fighting Irish earned 16 fouls for the game which took the Eagles to the charity stripe for a total of 15 tries. They were able to convert 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Concerning 3-point shots, Boston College converted 6 of their 20 attempts (30.0%). In all, the Eagles walked away from this one shooting 20 for 59 from the field which gave them a rate of 33.9%. The Eagles allowed the Fighting Irish to make 29 out of their 65 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 44.6% in this game. They went 40.0% from distance by shooting 10 of 25 and finished the game at 12 of 15 from the free throw line (80.0%). In reference to rebounds, Boston College permitted Notre Dame to grab 38 overall (7 offensive). Steffon Mitchell saw the court a lot for the Eagles for the matchup. He made 5 out of 8 for the game for a field goal percentage of 62.5%, which gave him 20 points. Mitchell snagged 13 boards in his 37 minutes played and totaled 3 assists for this game. An additional guy who saw a lot of action for Boston College was Jay Heath. He notched 15 points in his 36 minutes on the court by going 6 of 12 from the floor in this matchup. Heath wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor while contributing 4 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Boston College had a win-loss mark of 13-19 last season. Boston College tallied 2,067 pts over the course of last season (64.6 per contest) and they collected 33.1 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense the Eagles hit 40.2% from the field, which was ranked 335th in college hoops. The Eagles committed 15.8 fouls per game and they connected on 65.9% from the free throw line. They dished out assists 12.6 times per game (223rd in college basketball) and they turned it over 13.7 times per game. The Eagles on the defensive end were ranked 211th in college hoops in PPG given up with 70.6. They relinquished 13.4 assists and 38.1 boards every game, which ranked them 241st and 313th in the country. The Boston College perimeter defense allowed 33.4% from downtown (229 of 686) and their opposition knocked down 71.6% of their foul shots. They forced 14.5 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 44.3% from the floor (258th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Villanova (-13.5)
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