Boston College Eagles vs Duke Blue Devils Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston College Eagles vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Boston College (+13.5)
Cameron Indoor Stadium is the site where and the Duke Blue Devils (3-2) will play the Boston College Eagles (2-7) on Wednesday. Duke opens this contest as 13.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 149.5.
Boston College comes into this contest with a win-loss record of 2-7 on the year. They average 73.3 pts per game (165th in the nation) while shooting 43.1% from the field. The Eagles are hitting 31.9% on shots from downtown (81 of 254) and 68.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Boston College is snagging 32.7 boards per game and has 103 dimes for the season, which ranks 210th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They are losing possession via turnover 14.7 times per game and as a team are committing 19.1 fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Eagles are able to force 15.4 turnovers per game and they draw 19.7 fouls. They give up 34.9% on shots from downtown and they rank 321st in college basketball in opponents points per game (81.1). The Eagles are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 49.4% (269 of 544) and they surrender 37.2 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are currently ranked 282nd in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 134 relinquished on the campaign.
The Boston College Eagles stepped onto the hardwood against the Louisville Cardinals and took a loss by a score of 76-64 in their last game. Boston College walked away from the game with a 33.3% field goal percentage (17 of 51) and converted 8 of their 33 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Eagles buried 22 of 28 tries for a percentage of 78.6%. Concerning rebounding, they earned 29 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 6 assists for this contest while earning 9 steals and 3 blocked shots. When it comes to the defense, Boston College allowed the other team to go 33.3% from the floor on 17 of 51 shooting. Louisville doled out 13 dimes and had 4 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Cardinals grabbed 42 rebounds (12 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Louisville walked away from this one shooting 84.2% at the charity stripe by making 16 of 19 shots. They converted 8 of 17 shots from 3-point land.
Jay Heath is a guy who came through in the game. He finished with 20 points on 5 of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 32 minutes and also grabbed 2 boards. Heath ended up going 50.0% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. Someone else that was a major contributor in the game for the Eagles was Wynston Tabbs. He pulled down 3 boards and earned 2 dimes. He finished shooting 44.4% from the field in this game by going 4-of-9 (15 points). Overall, Tabbs played 28 minutes.
Duke has a win-loss mark of 3-2 on the campaign. Duke has scored 369 points for the year (73.8 per contest) and they pull in 38.8 boards per contest. The Blue Devils have committed 18.0 personal fouls per contest while shooting 68.1% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Blue Devils are connecting on 45.6% from the field, which ranks 139th in the nation. They are earning an assist 14.2 times per contest (139th in Division 1) and they cough up possession 14.4 times per game. The Blue Devils are ranked 174th in college basketball in points given up per game with 69.6. They give up 10.8 assists and 32.8 boards per contest, which is 53rd and 86th in those categories. The Duke defense allows 35.4% on 3-pointers (34 of 96) and opponents are converting on 68.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 14.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.9% from the floor (225th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Duke Blue Devils got the victory with a final of 75-65 when they faced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Blue Devils were able to pull down 23 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 30 for this contest. They also turned away 2 tries while earning 8 steals for the contest. The Fighting Irish committed 11 fouls in this contest which got the Blue Devils to the free throw line for a total of 5 shots. They were able to convert 5 of the free throws for a percentage of 100.0%. In reference to 3-point shots, Duke knocked down 8 of 15 tries (53.3%). Overall, the Blue Devils shot 31 for 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.7%. The Blue Devils permitted the Fighting Irish to bury 23 out of their 49 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.9% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 42.9% from downtown by hitting 9 out of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 10 out of 11 from the free throw line (90.9%). Concerning rebounds, Duke permitted Notre Dame to collect 23 in all (3 on the offensive glass).
Matthew Hurt was important for the Blue Devils for the matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 17 in the game giving him a rate of 47.1%, which earned him 18 points. Hurt pulled down 5 boards in his 38 minutes and added 3 assists for this game. Someone else who came through for Duke was DJ Steward. He ended up finishing with 16 points in 29 minutes on the court by going 6 of 11 shooting for the game. Steward finished going 54.5% from the floor while contributing 2 assists and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Duke (-13.5)
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