The 25th-ranked Clemson Tigers (12-1, 1-0 ACC) and the Boston College Eagles (10-4, 1-1 ACC) battle at Silvio O. Conte Forum. The Tigers are a 5-point favorite and look to prolong their eight-game winning streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 140.5 points and action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Clemson Tigers at Boston College Eagles ATS Odds
In their last contest, the Eagles lost a tough one against the ninth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers, 59-58, while the Tigers were victorious over the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 78-62.
Clemson played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.9 (better than their season average of 16.6) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.485 (below their season average of 0.573). For those same stats, North Carolina State had marks of 16.2 and 0.386, respectively. Boston College, meanwhile, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (7-7; 100.0 percent). Boston College was led by Jerome Robinson, who contributed 29 points and six rebounds. Elijah Thomas, meanwhile was a key piece for Clemson with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Eagles rank 59th in offensive rebounding percentage (34.4 percent), while Clemson ranks 45th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.3 percent).
Tigers games tend to finish under the O/U total (70.0 percent). Clemson comes into the contest with records of 12-1 straight up (SU) and 8-2 against the spread (ATS).
Eagles games also tend to go under the projected point total (62.5 percent). Moreover, Boston College owns records of 10-4 SU and 4-4 ATS.
Robinson and Jordan Chatman have played well over the last five games for Boston College. Robinson has averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals, while Chatman has put up 20.2 points a game during that span.
The Tigers won the only game between these two teams last year, 82-68. Clemson’s free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Boston College. The Tigers had a rate of 0.291, while the Eagles posted a mark of 0.050. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Clemson Tigers at Boston College Eagles Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Clemson, ATS Winner – Boston College, O/U – Under
Clemson ranks 129th in three pointers allowed per game (21.9) while Boston College ranks 239th (25.6).
The Tigers rank 13th in assists allowed per game (9.9) while the Eagles rank 95th (12.7).
Clemson ranks 17th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while Boston College ranks 23rd (4.9).
The Tigers rank 19th in blocks per game (5.7) while the Eagles rank 107th (3.4).
Boston College ranks 26th in rebounds per game (40.6) while Clemson ranks 114th (37.0).
Clemson is 3-2 ATS on the road, while Boston College is 2-1 ATS at home.
Of the Tigers’ 5 road games, they have 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Eagles have 2 overs and 1 under in 3 home games.
The Tigers are 5-0 ATS over their last five games, while the Eagles are 3-1.
In their last five games, Clemson has 5 unders, while Boston College has 2 overs and 2 unders.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 76.6 points per game (1.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 59.6 points per game (3.0 below their season average).
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.6, up from 8.5 for the season.