Boston College vs. Virginia Tech Pick
Is No. 10 Virginia Tech giving up too many points at home when it takes on Boston College today at Noon ET in ACC play?
615 Boston College vs. 616 Virginia Tech
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Noon ET – Cassell Coliseum
TV: ACC Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Virginia Tech is the heavy favorite at home, as the Hokies are getting odds of -16.5 points against Boston College. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 143.5 points. The public betting currently has 57 percent going on the Eagles as the road underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
BC opens up ACC play
Boston College is starting ACC play today and the Eagles are coming off a 79-78 loss to Hartford on New Year’s Eve. BC has covered the spread in just one of its last six games. Boston College is 9-3 on the season, 1-0 on the road, 5-7 against the spread and 6-6 with the over/under total.
BC is averaging 77.3 points per game on offense this season, but the Eagles shoot just 30.7 percent from the arc, which ranks near the bottom of the country. Defensively, Boston College is giving up 70.8 points per game despite holding opponents to just 39.1 percent shooting. Ky Bowman is leading the team with 20.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Wynston Tabbs is adding 14.6 points per contest.
Tech on a roll
The Hokies opened up ACC play with an 81-66 win over Notre Dame on Tuesday. Virginia Tech has won seven straight games and is 5-2 against the spread during this win streak. The Hokies are 12-1 on the season, 8-0 at home, 9-3 against the spread and 7-4-1 with the under.
Tech has been impressive on both sides of the ball this season. The Hokies are allowing just 57.3 points per game on defense while holding opponents to 39.2 percent shooting. Offensively, Virginia Tech is putting up 81.5 points per game while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 45.3 percent from the arc. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is leading Tech this season with 18.3 points per game while three others average over 13 points per game.
College Basketball Betting Trends
Boston College is just 2-5 against the spread in its last seven games following a failed cover and 6-14 ATS in its last 20 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Hokies are 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 conference games and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 home games.
Virginia Tech has already dominated this series, winning four straight meetings while going 3-1 against the spread. The Hokies are a much better team this season, playing at a high level on both sides of the floor. Boston College is likely to see some offensive struggles against the Hokies defense and Tech should be able to score at ease against a very unmotivated BC defense. The spread is large, but I like the Hokies to start fast and roll to a big win.
College Basketball Prediction: Virginia Tech -16.5