Pittsburgh Panthers (13-18) @ Boston College Eagles (14-16)
NCAA Basketball: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:00PM ET (Spectrum Center)
Lines and Odds: Pittsburgh Panthers (-1), Over/Under: 134.5
Free NCAA BB Pick Pittsburgh Panthers vs Boston College Eagles
In the ACC Men’s Tournament first round, the Pittsburgh Panthers will take on Boston College on what should be an even matched affair. Pittsburgh are coming off a home win 56-53 versus Notre Dame in which they snapped a 13-game losing streak. Meanwhile, Boston College are trying to turn a corner from the 73-47 loss suffered at the hands of NC State on Saturday. At the moment, the Eagles have only won three of their last ten games.
The Pittsburgh Panthers currently sit at the fourteenth seed in the AAC, with a 3-15 record in the conference. In Saturday’s confidence-boosting win versus the Fighting Irish at home, freshman guard Trey McGowens led the way with 16 points, while Kene Chukwuka and Xavier Johnson led with 6 rebounds and 6 assists, respectively. McGowens, who carried attention starting the season with two 30-point games, saw his season fizzle out before Saturday afternoon, where his team was attempting to snap a 13-game losing streak, the second longest in program history. However, on the night where just one Pitt player didn’t score, the Panthers prevailed to capture the more preferable seed. In the last time the Panthers met Boston College, Jared Wilson-Frame led with 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Xavier Johnson dished out 7 assists in a losing effort. They will look to reverse their fortunes tonight versus an Eagles team that’s currently on the rocks. The current leaders for the season are X. Johnson with 15.6 PPG and 4.5 APG on 42 FG%, while Au’Diese Toney leads in rebounds with 5.8 RPG.
Boston College Eagles
The Boston College Eagles currently sit at the eleventh seed in the AAC, with a 5-13 record in the conference. The Eagles finished the season on a three game losing slump, where their latest loss came against NC State 73-47. In the blowout, star guard Ky Bowman led with 14 points and 4 assists on a dreadful 4/15 from the field, while Stefan Mitchell led the way with 12 rebounds. Bowman, who will look to declare for the NBA draft after the conclusion of the tournament, leads the Eagles this season with 19.2 PPG and 4.0 aPG on 40.6 FG%. He will aim to replicate his February performance against the Panthers, where he led Boston College in every major statistical category (14 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists). Forward Steffon Mitchell leads the Eagles this season with 8.0 RPG. As Bowman will garner attention from Panther’s defense, expect Mitchell and the other role players to become involved Tuesday night.
Cover the Spread 365 Trends
Pittsburgh is 1-9 SU in their last 10 games
Pittsburgh is 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games
Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games
Pittsburgh are 3-15 SU in their last 18 games versus ACC teams
Boston College are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games
Boston College are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games
Boston College are 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston College’s last 10 games
Boston College are 3-15 SU in their last 18 games versus ACC teams
NCAA BB Scores Boston College Eagles vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Boston College leads Pittsburgh in every statistical category besides field goal percentage, which could be vital if the Panthers are going to take command in this game. Ky Bowman will be a focal point on the Eagles, so Pittsburgh will most likely focus their attention on the guard as he attempts to impress before the NBA draft. However, with Boston College losing three straight, their backs are more against the wall as opposed to Pitt, and this will increase the intensity to which the Eagles approach the game tonight.
Pick: Boston College Eagles (+1)