Boston College vs. Virginia for NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 2:11 PM GMT

The Virginia Cavaliers have covered the number in all of their conference games to this point, but that may change when hosting the Boston College Eagles Wednesday. Where have we decided to look with our NCAA Basketball picks in this ACC matchup?

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this ACC matchup at John Paul Jones Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Trouble on the road 

Boston College has dropped seven of its first eight road games this season, including a 76-73 overtime setback to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as 6.5-point underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 138.

The Eagles have allowed an average of 79.4 points on 48.4 percent shooting by their opponents in their seven road defeats.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 0-8 SU and 5-3 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points.

Streaking 

Virginia has won five games in a row, including a 48-45 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers as 4.5-point road underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest. 

The Cavaliers continue to get things done on the defensive end, as they’ve surrendered an average of 47.7 points on 36.0 percent shooting in their last three affairs.

College basketball handicappers will find that the squad is 4-0 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 to 15 points since the start of the 2011-12 campaign. 

Facing the best

The Eagles have dropped 18 of their last 19 games versus ranked opponents, while they’ve failed to pull off a straight-up underdog victory this season—dropping all nine games and going 3-6 ATS in that situation. 

Boston College has two probable starters averaging in double figures, with sophomore guard Olivier Hanlan leading the way at 17.9 points a contest.  

Taking care of business

The Cavaliers have won 15 consecutive home games versus unranked opponents by an average of 18.1 points, while they’ve put together a 12-1 SU record with their current starting lineup that’s been formed under head coach Tony Bennett.

Virginia has out-rebounded 17 of 22 opponents this season, while its bench is enjoying a 516-376 advantage. 

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Eagles as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Boston College Eagles +14