Check out our free Boston College vs North Carolina pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Chapel Hill. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Boston College vs North Carolina Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds
Eagles vs Tar Heels Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Boston College Eagles at North Carolina Tar Heels
- Where: Chapel Hill at Dean E. Smith Center
- Date: Tuesday, January 17th
- Betting Odds: Boston College +15.5, BOSCOL +893 | NCAR -1652 O/U 143.5
Boston College will take the floor against the Tar Heels with an overall record of 8-10. So far, the Eagles have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 0-4. For the season, Boston College has been the underdog in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 3-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Eagles being +15.5 point underdogs.
Boston College’s leading scorer this season is Makai Ashton-Langford, who is averaging 12.25 points per contest. So far, Ashton-Langford has accounted for 16.75% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.0 rebounds per game and 2.12 assists. Jaeden Zackery is the second leading scorer for the Eagles, averaging 10.5 points per game. Between him and Zackery, they are accounting for 32.9% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Boston College this season, as they are currently ranked 336th in college basketball at 66.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.9%, placing them 419th in the NCAA.
Tar Heels Preview:
The North Carolina Tar Heels head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 12-6. Currently, the Tar Heels have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 9-0. The Tar Heels’ are sitting with a betting line that is -15.5 points in their favor. For the season, North Carolina has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 12-2.
Armando Bacot comes into today’s game as the Tar Heels’ leading scorer at 17.41 points per contest. Not only has Bacot been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is North Carolina’s top rebounder at 10.88 boards per contest. Behind Bacot, the team has benefited from the strong play of Caleb Love, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.28 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.5% of his shots and is adding 3.78 boards per game.
So far this season, North Carolina has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.5 points per game (45th). This strong figure has come despite the Tar Heels playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.2% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. North Carolina’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.3%
Free Spread Prediction: North Carolina Tar Heels -15.5
Our reasoning for feeling good about betting on the Boston College Eagles as +15.5 point underdogs at away includes their ability to control the pace of the game. This season, the Eagles have consistently limited possessions and slowed the game down, which could help them stay competitive against a North Carolina team that prefers to run. While Boston College may not have a strong track record as the underdog against the spread, the fact that they are playing at away and presenting a mismatch for the heavily favored Tar Heels gives them an advantage in our eyes.