Boston College Eagles vs Duke Blue Devils Prediction, 3/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston College Eagles vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Location: Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Boston College (+11)
The Boston College Eagles (4-15) head to Greensboro Coliseum on Tuesday where they'll take on the Duke Blue Devils (11-11). Duke opens this game as 11-point favorites. The total opens at 153.5.
Boston College comes into this game with a mark of 4-15 this season. They cough up possession 13.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 16.4 fouls per game. As a team, Boston College is collecting 33.5 boards per game and has 224 dimes this year, which is 292nd in D-1 in terms of passing. The Eagles are shooting 33.7% on three-point attempts (179 of 531) and 70.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 72.4 points per outing (150th in D-1) while hitting 42.3% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Eagles are able to force 13.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.4 fouls. They are relinquishing 34.5% from beyond the arc while they are 330th in the country in PPG allowed (79.2). The Eagles are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 48.9% (561 of 1,147) and they relinquish 37.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 141st in college basketball in giving up assists with 275 surrendered on the year.
The Boston College Eagles took the court against the Miami Hurricanes and ended up losing by a score of 80-76 in their last game. Boston College ended the game with a 41.9% FG percentage (26 out of 62) and buried 9 of their 26 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Eagles made 15 of 18 shots for a percentage of 83.3%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they earned 37 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 13 dimes in this contest while forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and getting 2 steals. With respect to defense, Boston College allowed the other team to shoot 42.9% from the field on 27 out of 63 shooting. Miami earned 15 dimes and had 6 steals in this game. In addition, Miami collected 32 boards (6 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Miami finished the game shooting 73.1% at the free throw line by making 19 of 26 shots. They also converted 7 of 24 attempts from distance.
James Karnik is a player who was a major contributor for the contest. He racked up 15 points on 3 out of 6 shooting. He played 27 mins and pulled down 5 rebounds. Karnik finished the game at 50.0% from the field and also dished out 1 assist. Another guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Eagles was Makai Ashton-Langford. He snagged 4 rebounds in his 33 minutes played on the night. He ended up shooting 60.0% from the floor in this game by connecting on 6-of-10 (13 points). When the game finished, Ashton-Langford earned 8 assists.
Duke has a mark of 11-11 on the season. When it comes to offense, the Blue Devils are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which has them ranked 66th in college hoops. Duke has 1,668 points this season (75.8 per contest) and they grab 35.2 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 16.1 times per game (32nd in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.0 times per game. The Blue Devils are committing 17.3 fouls per contest and they connect on 69.6% from the charity stripe. The Blue Devils are ranked 251st in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 72.9. The Duke defense gives up 37.2% on 3-point shots (149 of 401) and opponents are converting on 70.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 13.2 assists and 33.6 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 205th and 117th in those defensive categories. They are forcing 13.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the field (300th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Duke Blue Devils went home defeated by a final of 91-73 when they faced the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Blue Devils corralled 18 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 26 in this contest. They also coughed it up 13 times, while recording 13 steals in this game. The Tar Heels were called for 15 personal fouls for the game which took the Blue Devils to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They were able to knock down 12 of them for a percentage of 75.0%. In relation to shots from 3-point land, Duke knocked down 5 of their 27 attempts (18.5%). When all was said and done, the Blue Devils ended up shooting 28 out of 69 from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.6%. The Blue Devils allowed the Tar Heels to convert 31 of their 56 tries from the floor which had them shooting 55.4% in the matchup. They finished 44.4% from distance by going 8 of 18 and ended up shooting 21 of 26 at the free throw line (80.8%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Duke allowed North Carolina to pull down 36 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Mark Williams pitched in for the Blue Devils in the matchup. He buried 7 out of 10 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 70.0%, and had 3 rebounds. Williams earned 18 points in his 25 mins on the court, but didn't record an assist. An additional guy who came through for Duke was DJ Steward. He finished this one with 2 assists in his 32 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 6 out of 11 from the floor. Steward ended the game having shot 54.5% from the floor while also collecting 16 points and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Duke (-11)
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