Will the Miami Hurricanes notch a bigger win this time on their floor or can Boston College collect again in Gables? Find out where we are placing our NCAA Basketball picks in this ACC showdown.
The No. 8 Miami Hurricanes have won nine straight
battles, holding foes to 58.3 PPG en route to a 7-2 spread record. Tuesday’s ACC basketball battle has Jim Larranaga’s squad hosting the Boston College
Eagles, who cashed as a six-point home dog in last month’s 60-59 defeat to the
Hurricanes, Johnson edge out N.C. State
Miami’s latest victory came in Saturday’s 79-78 victory
over the North Carolina State Wolfpack, collecting in a pick’em at the betting
windows. The Hurricanes rallied from a 40-34 halftime deficit, despite a
3-for-21 day beyond the arc.
Hurricanes center Reggie Johnson logged eight boards en
route to 15 points, tipping in the game’s winning bucket with four seconds
remaining. Miami’s Durand Scott notched a team-high 18 points, while mate Shane
Larkin logged five of his side’s nine assists.
The contest’s combined 157 points soared above the
‘total’ of 134, lifting the OVER to 3-1 in the Hurricanes’ last four games.
Miami sank 16-of-23 free throws, while allowing 53.8 percent field shooting
from N.C. State.
Eagles, Rahon hold off Clemson
Boston College ended a five-game losing streak with
Saturday’s 75-68 triumph over the Clemson Tigers, cashing as a 1 ½-point home
favorite. The Eagles connected from their floor at a 57.8 percent clip,
including an 11-for-20 day from three-point land.
Eagles guard Joe Rahon piled in a season-high 26 points,
while adding four boards. Boston College’s Lonnie Jackson and Eddie Odio united
for 21 points, with Odio notching three steals and two blocks.
The duel’s combined 143 points jumped higher than the
‘total’ of 121, moving the OVER to 6-2 in the Eagles’ last eight affairs.
Boston College held Clemson to 39.6 percent shooting, while outrebounding the
Back the Hurricanes as home ‘chalk’
Bookmaker.eu opened Miami as a 14 ½-point home favorite,
with early wagers on Boston College driving the NCAA Basketball odds south to 13 ½. The
Hurricanes will be idle until Saturday’s home affair with the North Carolina
Tar Heels, while B.C. returns to Chestnut Hill for Sunday’s clash with the No.
4 Duke Blue Devils.
I am laying the double digits in this spot, adding a
ticket on Miami as part of my sports picks. The Hurricanes have held visitors
to 55 PPG in their last eight home dates, giving up 35.6 percent field shooting
Boston College gave Miami a close call last time out, but
did not have to contend with Reggie Johnson in that battle. Johnson has grabbed
18 boards over his last two games, picking up steam after missing most of
January’s action with a thumb injury.
Boston College’s octane has declined in recent road
spots, held to a sparse 55 PPG earlier this month at Virginia and Maryland. The
pair of duels capped off a 3-7-1 ATS run in the Eagles’ last 11 contests away
Miami has a 12-3 spread record in its last 15 matchups
against foes with winning records, while going 4-0 ATS in its last four home
dates. Add the Hurricanes to your College Basketball picks tonight, looking for them to pick up another cashed ticket, despite the
high premium in this spot.
NCAA Basketball Pick:
Miami Hurricanes – 13 ½