Syracuse Orange (14-6) @ Boston College Eagles (11-7)
January 30, 2019, 9:00 PM ET (Conte Forum)
Line: Syracuse Orange -150 Boston College Eagles +116
Spread: Syracuse Orange -3
The Syracuse Orange are looking to rebound after a loss to Virginia Tech on the road and are in the middle of three consecutive road games. Syracuse has leaned on their vaunted zone defense which has held opponents to just 31% from beyond the arc and has held opponents to just 63.6 points per game which are tied for the 22nd best defense in the nation. Syracuse has been one of the worst offensive teams in the offense sitting tied for 13th out 15th with just 71.1 PPG allowed. Syracuse will need Elijah Hughes to bounce back from a 2-13 performance that saw him go 2-9 from three but has been good from three this season overall shooting 37% from three on 7 attempts a game. The Orange are hoping to get back to the NCAA tournament after going to the sweet sixteen last season.
The Boston College Eagles have been carried this year by Ky Bowman who leads the team in points, assists, and rebounds. Bowman is third in the conference at 20.5 PPG. The Eagles are coming off a 65-61 win after Bowman hit a three with under 20 seconds remaining. Bowman has scored at least 10 points in 27 consecutive games which date back to last season. Boston College will be without Wynston Tabbs who has averaged 13.9 PPG and will be missing his second consecutive game with a combination of injuries. Boston College will try to get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009 this season. Boston College has four players that are averaging a combined 59 points per game out of the Eagles 74 per game and will be missing one of their top four scorers in Tabbs.
Cover the Spread 365 Trends
Syracuse is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Boston College
Syracuse is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Boston College
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Syracuse’s last 5 games when playing Boston College
Boston College is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Boston College is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston College’s last 6 games at home
This ACC matchup pits two teams that appear to be coming together and playing their best basketball of the season right now. Boston College will need to move the basketball to combat Syracuse’s zone and the Eagles will need to make their threes if they hope to pull off the upset at home. Syracuse will need to shut down Bowman if they hope to get the win and should force him to settle for jumpers with their defense. The Orange should get a close win as Boston College will struggle to score in a tight game as Tyus Battle out duels Bowman on the road to get a big conference victory for Syracuse.