ACC foes will collide when the Boston College Eagles (13-15, 7-10 ACC) meet the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17-10, 8-8 ACC) at Silvio O. Conte Forum. Notre Dame opened as a 5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 142.5 points. Action begins at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Boston College Eagles Free Preview
The Fighting Irish beat the Miami (FL) Hurricanes in their last matchup, 87-71. With 19 points and 12 rebounds, Notre Dame’s John Mooney played well. Notre Dame played a nearly flawless game. They had a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.574 (above their season average of 0.502) and a free throw rate of 0.132 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Miami (FL) was 0.450 and 0.114, respectively.
In the Eagles’ last game, they were defeated by the Clemson Tigers, 82-64. Jay Heath led Boston College in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Clemson had an effective field goal percentage of 0.822 (above their season average of 0.498). Boston College, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 10.6 (better than their season average of 17.3).
Boston College could have difficulty getting to the charity stripe in this meeting. The Eagles currently rank 283rd in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.199, while Notre Dame ranks first in FTA rate allowed (0.134). Furthermore, the Fighting Irish commit the fewest errors in the country (turnover percentage of 14.0 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of the Eagles causes the 49th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.0 percent).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Eagles won 73-72. Boston College made 11 of their 23 three pointers (47.8 percent), while Notre Dame was 8-29 (27.6 percent). Derryck Thornton had a stellar game, with 19 points.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Boston College Eagles Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Notre Dame, ATS Winner – Notre Dame, O/U – Under
The Fighting Irish rank 11th in three pointers attempted per game (28.4) while the Eagles rank 134th (22.2).
Notre Dame averages 4.0 blocks per game, which is ranked 58th in the country. Boston College ranks 108th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
Notre Dame ranks 65th in rebounds per game (37.8) while Boston College ranks 262nd (32.7).
The Fighting Irish rank eighth in assists per game (16.9) while the Eagles rank 181st (12.4).
Boston College ranks 29th in steals per game (8.1) while Notre Dame ranks 183rd (5.6).
The Eagles’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.2, up from 5.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Fighting Irish have scored an average of 66.8 points per game (8.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.6 points per game (0.5 above their season average).