|520: BOSTON COLLEGE
Last Updated: 2017-12-12
The Columbia Lions (1-9) head to Silvio O. Conte Forum to take on the Boston College Eagles (7-3). The Lions are 11.5-point underdogs and will try to put an end to their eight-game losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 150 points and action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Columbia Lions vs. Boston College Eagles Betting Odds
In their last contest, the Eagles defeated the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils, 89-84, while the Lions lost to the Navy Midshipmen, 73-68.
The Eagles, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.506, had a phenomenal mark of 0.631, while the Blue Devils had a free throw rate of 0.174 (below their season average of 0.259). Columbia, meanwhile, made 12 of their 25 three pointers (48.0 percent). Boston College’s Ky Bowman led the way, contributing 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Columbia, meanwhile, was lifted by Mike Smith, who put up 28 points and five assists.
Boston College could own the offensive glass in this meeting. The Eagles currently rank 32nd in offensive rebounding percentage (36.2 percent), while Columbia ranks 262nd in defensive rebounding percentage (69.1 percent). Furthermore, the Lions rank 344th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.157), while the Eagles rank 44th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.189).
It’s tough to find a trend for games involving the Lions in regards to the projected point total, as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under. Columbia holds records of 1-9 straight up (SU) and 2-2 against the spread (ATS).
Vegas has a tendency to place the total high when the Eagles are involved, as 60.0 percent of their games have gone under the O/U total. Boston College is 7-3 SU, but they have difficulty covering the spread (2-3 ATS).
Bowman and Jerome Robinson have played at a high level over the last five games for Boston College. Bowman has averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.2 steals, while Robinson has put up 20.6 points a game during that span.
Columbia Lions at Boston College Eagles Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Boston College, ATS Winner – Columbia, O/U – Under
Boston College averages 41.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 18th in the nation. Columbia ranks 247th in rebounds allowed per game (39.2).
The Eagles allow the 24th-fewest blocks per game (2.5) while the Lions rank 54th (2.9).
Boston College ranks 145th in assists per game (13.6) while Columbia ranks 162nd in assists allowed per game (14.4).
The Lions rank 22nd in three pointers attempted per game (27.6) while the Eagles rank 224th in three pointers allowed per game (25.1).
Boston College ranks 13th in steals allowed per game (4.5) while Columbia ranks 157th (6.9).
During their last five games, the Lions have scored an average of 75.2 points per game (1.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 80.2 points per game (0.5 above their season average).
The Eagles have been outscored by an average of 1.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Boston College has defeated opponents by an average of 8.1 points.
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