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Notre Dame vs Boston College Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 3rd Betting Odds
Fighting Irish vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Boston College Eagles
- Where: Chestnut Hill at Silvio Conte Forum
- Date: Tuesday, January 3rd
- Betting Odds: Notre Dame -2.5, ND -146 | BOSCOL +119 O/U 131.0
Fighting Irish Preview:
Through 14 games, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have an overall record of 8-6. So far, the Fighting Irish have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 0-3. This season, Notre Dame has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 7-4. For today’s contest, Notre Dame have a betting line set -2.5 points in their favor.
Nate Laszewski comes into today’s game as the Fighting Irish’s leading scorer at 13.93 points per contest. Not only has Laszewski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Notre Dame’s top rebounder at 7.79 boards per contest. Behind Laszewski, the team has benefited from the strong play of J.J. Starling who is second on the team in scoring at 12.29 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.9% of his shots and is adding 3.07 boards per game.
Notre Dame comes into their matchup vs Boston College looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 162nd in college basketball at 72.5 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 38.0%. So far, 42.95% of the Fighting Irish’s shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 65.2 possessions per game.
Boston College heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-7. So far this season, Boston College has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-4. For the season, Boston College has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 2-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Eagles being +2.5 point underdogs.
Boston College’s leading scorer this season is Jaeden Zackery who is averaging 10.36 points per contest. So far, Zackery has accounted for 16.09% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.57 rebounds per game and 2.07 assists. Makai Ashton-Langford is the second leading scorer for the Eagles, averaging 11.75 points per game. Between him and Ashton-Langford, they are accounting for 31.7% 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 that 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -2.5
If you’re looking to get a wager down on today’s matchup between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Boston College Eagles, there are two major reasons we like Notre Dame to win and cover. Not only have the Fighting Irish been excellent vs the spread on the road, going 6-4 over their last 10 road games, they also have the edge in 3-point shooting. So far, the Notre Dame’s offense is averaging 9.16 made 3’s per game, placing them well above the NCAA average. Look for their advantage from beyond the arc to carry them to both a straight up and ATS win as -2.5 point favorites.
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