NCAA Basketball Picks: Duke vs. Boston College

Joe Freda

Sunday, February 24, 2013 1:44 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 1:44 PM UTC

The Boston College Eagles have cashed three straight tickets in their last trio of spots as an underdog, including Tuesday’s 69-58 victory against the Maryland Terrapins.

Sunday afternoon’s NCAAB betting has Steve Donahue’s crew visiting the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils, who are 4-1 ATS in their last five home dates.

Which side’s hot trend will hold up in this matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference rivals?

Eagles, Hanlan Rally Past Maryland

Boston College came back from a 33-26 halftime deficit in Tuesday’s win over Maryland, collecting as a one-point home dog on the NCAAB odds board. The Eagles hit 21-of-22 free throws, while both squads shot under 40 percent from the floor.

Eagles guard Olivier Hanlan connected 9-of-14 field buckets, finishing with 26 points and seven assists. Boston College’s Eddie Odio and Joe Rahon logged 11 boards and four steals, respectively, with Odio adding all six of his squad’s blocks.

The matchup’s combined 127 points dipped beneath the ‘total’ of 133 ½, moving the UNDER to 4-1 in the Eagles’ last five contests. Boston College recorded eight turnovers, while outrebounding the Terrapins, 36-29.

Blue Devils, Curry Thrash Virginia Tech

Duke notched its seventh win in eight games with Thursday’s 88-56 triumph over the Virginia Tech Hokies, cashing as 12 ½-point road ‘chalk.’ The Blue Devils connected from the field at 53.6 percent, including a 12-for-17 clip from three-point land.

Blue Devils guard Seth Curry led his squad’s scoring with 22 points, while uniting with mate Rasheed Sulaimon for two steals each. Duke’s Mason Plumlee came away with his third double-double in four games, logging 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The lopsided duel’s combined 144 points ducked below the closing ‘total’ of 146 ½, making the UNDER 3-1 in the Blue Devils’ last four games. Plumlee added three of his side’s four blocks, while recording a team-high five assists.


Back the Eagles as Big Dogs opened Duke as a 17-point home favorite, with early betting ‘steam’ on Boston College dropping the number a ‘hook’ to 16 ½. Duke will be off until Thursday’s road duel with the Virginia Cavaliers, while Boston College resumes action with Wednesday’s trip to meet North Carolina State.

I am adding a ticket on the Eagles here as part of Sunday’s sports picks, taking the big digits in Durham.

Boston College nearly upset the Blue Devils two weeks ago, edged out in a 62-61 defeat as 11-point home dogs. The Eagles had one of their best showings of the year, despite being held to a 2-for-11 night beyond the arc.

Hanlan got to the line in that affair for Boston College, sinking 11-of-12 free throws, while Duke was held to 40.4 percent field shooting. The shift to Cameron Indoor Stadium should give the Blue Devils more octane, but not enough to cover this big of a number.

Boston College’s Ryan Anderson (8.4 RPG) ranks just two spots below Duke’s Mason Plumlee (10.5 RPG) in boards among the ACC’s best. The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last five spots against squads with winning records, while Duke has a 2-6 spread record in its last eight contests that followed a victory.

The underdog has cashed with a 7-2 ATS mark in the last nine meetings between these goes. Look for Boston College to stay close enough down the stretch here, adding another cashed ticket to that trend for our NCAAB picks.

NCAAB Picks: Boston College 16 ½ (

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