Basketball Pick: Boston College Golden Eagles at Syracuse Orange
- Updated: February 19, 2014
Date/Time February 19, 7:00 p.m. EST
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The talk of the town in the college basketball world is the Syracuse Orange. The Orange have yet to lose on the season and they had to snatch two wins at the last minute as they beat the Pitt Panthers on a buzzer beater and needed a late steal to beat the North Carolina State Wolf Pack. This shows just how other team’s get up for the nights that they take on the Orange. Next up is the Boston College Golden Eagles. The Eagles have had a subpar year, but that could all change if they become the first team this year to defeat the Orange.
The Orange may be winning close games but they are still No. 1 in the college basketball polls. The Orange are 25-0, who won two games in the final seconds last week, are on top for a third straight week. They received 64 first-place votes from the 65-member media panel. They were a unanimous choice the past two weeks. If the Orange do have one problem, it is the fact that they are not deep.
In the game against the Wolf Pack, that lack of depth showed. In fact, Jim Boeheim essentially played only six guys, with the seventh (Tyler Roberson) only hitting the floor for two minutes. Boeheim plugged in Michael Gbinije for 17 minutes to spell a given starter who needed a breather. This is something that teams that cause fouls can take advantage of. The Boston College Eagles are not that kind of team.
The latest college basketball betting trends reveal that both teams have some positive wagering angles coming into this game. The Eagles are 4-0-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 road games when playing against a team with a winning home record, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games when playing against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600 and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Orange are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a losing straight up record, 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games when playing against a team with a losing road record.
The Orange are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games so it is very important that they do not look past this game. The Orange finally get a push over as an opponent and they will dominate the Eagles in this midweek game.
Free Pick: Syracuse Orange