Virginia Cavaliers vs Boston College Eagles Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Virginia Cavaliers vs Boston College Eagles
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Silvio O. Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia (-7.5)
Silvio O. Conte Forum is the site where and the Boston College Eagles (2-8) will play the Virginia Cavaliers (6-2) on Saturday. Virginia opens this game as 7.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 130.5.
Virginia enters this one with a record of 6-2 so far this year. They average 72.9 pts per contest (172nd in Division 1) while going 49.7% from the field. The Cavaliers are connecting on 35.4% from downtown (63 of 178) and 78.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Virginia is pulling in 32.6 rebounds per game and has accounted for 109 assists on the season, which is 210th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 8.5 times per contest and as a unit they commit 13.3 personal fouls every game. When they are on the defensive end, the Cavaliers are able to force 10.5 turnovers per game and they draw 14.8 fouls. They are giving up 36.4% on 3-pointers while they are 25th in Division 1 in points per game from their opponents (60.8). The Cavaliers defense is giving up a FG percentage of 41.6% (174 of 418) and they relinquish 28.8 boards per contest as a group. They currently rank 143rd in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 102 surrendered on the campaign.
The Virginia Cavaliers took the court against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and walked away with a win by a score of 70-61 in their last game. Virginia finished having earned a 53.8% field goal percentage (28 of 52) and converted 6 out of their 20 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Cavaliers buried 8 of their 10 tries for a rate of 80.0%. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 24 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 11 dimes for the matchup in addition to getting 10 steals and 2 blocks. In terms of defense, Virginia let their opponent shoot 53.8% from the floor on 28 out of 52 shooting. Wake Forest distributed 12 assists and had 4 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Demon Deacons collected 24 rebounds (3 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Wake Forest finished the game shooting 45.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 5 of 11 attempts. They also converted 10 out of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Sam Hauser is one player who was a major factor for the game. He was able to score 16 points on 7 out of 13 shooting. He played 35 mins and collected 11 rebounds. Hauser finished the contest at 53.8% from the floor and distributed 3 dimes. Someone else that came through in this game for the Cavaliers was Trey Murphy. He grabbed 2 rebounds and also tallied 2 assists. He ended up going 50.0% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 4-of-8 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Murphy was on the hardwood for 38 minutes.
Boston College has a record of 2-8 this year. Boston College has scored 742 points so far this year (74.2 per game) and they pull down 32.8 rebounds per game. The Eagles are responsible for committing 19.0 fouls per game and they shoot 68.4% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Eagles are connecting on 44.3% from the field, which is 184th in college hoops. They are assisting teammates 11.8 times per game (275th in the country) and they turn it over 15.3 times per game. The Eagles on defense are ranked 322nd in college basketball in PPG allowed with 81.3. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 48.9% from the floor (334th in D-1). The Boston College defense gives up 35.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (74 of 211) and opponents are making 71.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 14.9 assists and 37.1 boards every game, which ranks 278th and 247th in D-1.
For their last game, the Boston College Eagles went home defeated by a final of 83-82 against the Duke Blue Devils. The Eagles were able to snag 23 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 33 for the matchup. They rejected 7 attempts while getting 6 steals in this matchup. The Blue Devils were called for 17 personal fouls for this game which got the Eagles to the free throw line for a total of 13 shots. They were able to convert 9 of them for a percentage of 69.2%. When discussing shooting from 3-point land, Boston College buried 9 of 16 tries (56.3%). In all, the Eagles finished 32 out of 57 from the field which gave them a percentage of 56.1%. The Eagles permitted the Blue Devils to bury 30 out of their 67 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.8% in this contest. They shot 36.4% from beyond the perimeter via 8 out of 22 and ended up going 15 of 25 from the free throw line (60.0%). With respect to team rebounding, Boston College allowed Duke to get 34 overall (17 offensive).
CJ Felder was important for the Eagles in this contest. He knocked down 10 of 13 for the game for a rate of 76.9%, which got him 24 points. Felder snagged 4 boards in his 27 minutes and accounted for 2 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Boston College was Rich Kelly. He ended up walking away with 16 points in 23 minutes on the hardwood by going 6 out of 9 shooting for this contest. Kelly ended up shooting 66.7% from the field in addition to contributing 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston College (+7.5)
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