Boston College and Notre Dame have played some high-scoring games in recent years, which makes the ‘Over’ a top college basketball pick Wednesday night.
On the Road Again
Boston College prepares to play on the road for the fourth time in the last five games, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it has suffered back-to-back losses to the Clemson Tigers and Louisville Cardinals.
The Eagles didn’t start well in their last road games against the Tigers, as they shot 26.1 percent in the first half and were held to a season-low 16 points over that period of time.
Since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, the program is 7-23 SU and 14-15 ATS on the road, with the OVER going 12-8 in that situation.
There’s No Place Like Home
Notre Dame returns to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center after dropping a 76-72 decision to the Pittsburgh Panthers as 3.5-point road favorites last time out, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks, as it has compiled a 14-1 SU record at home in 2014-15.
The Fighting Irish rank first in the Atlantic Coast Conference and eighth nationally in averaging 81.2 points per game—the highest mark for the school since posting 85.4 points a contest during the 1976-77 campaign.
Four players are averaging at least 13 points per game, with senior guard Jerian Grant leading the way at 17.3.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 11-0 SU and 4-5 ATS as home favorite of 12.5 or more points.
The Eagles are led offensively by the play of guard Olivier Hanlan, who is averaging 16.4 points on the season, but has boosted that number to 17.6 during ACC play.
Hanlan ranks third in the conference in shooting 45.2 percent from beyond the arc and dishing out 5.13 assists per game, while he scored a game-high 18 points in Boston College’s 73-69 loss to Notre Dame as two-point home favorites on Feb. 16 of last season.
The Fighting Irish are second in the country in terms of offensive efficiency, but they may lack focus on the other side of the floor with a road game against the Duke Blue Devils on deck.
Notre Dame occupies the No. 2 spot nationally in shooting 52.1 percent from the field and posting a 1.68 assist-to-turnover margin.
It’s also important to point out that the school has gone OVER the total in nine of 10 opportunities when favored this season.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their top NCAA Basketball picks, as the OVER is 6-0 in the last six meetings in this rivalry.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Over at BetOnline