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#797 Boston College
Eagles 143.5
#798 Louisville
Cardinals -10.5

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7:00pm

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Game Stats

Boston College Eagles

9 - 6

7-8
ATS
8-7
O/U
74
PPG
71
OPPG

Louisville Cardinals

11 - 5

8-6
ATS
8-8
O/U
79
PPG
69
OPPG

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The Louisville Cardinals will host the Boston College Eagles in an ACC tilt Wednesday evening from the KFC Yum Center. The Eagles were edged 69-66 at Notre Dame in their previous contest, and the Cardinals recorded an 83-62 upset road win over the Tar Heels on Saturday. Louisville registered a 77-69 home win against Boston College in the lone meeting last season.

Eagles Topped by Notre Dame in Fourth Straight Defeat

The Boston College Eagles will attempt to snap a four-game losing streak in this one. They were very competitive in a tough 69-66 road loss to Notre Dame on Saturday in a game that had the Fighting Irish favored by 6.5 points. The Eagles only posted a 40% clip from the field, while limiting Notre Dame to 34% shooting. Eagles’ top scorer Ky Bowman was outstanding in the losing cause, collecting 24 points along with 16 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. The junior guard is having a tremendous season, averaging 20.3 points along with 8 rebounds per game.

Wynston Tabbs tallied 13 points on 39 minutes of playing time in Saturday’s defeat. The freshman guard has scored 13 or fewer points in three straight games, and he is second in team scoring with 14.1 PPG on 45% shooting.

The Eagles are currently ranked at 119th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they possess a 1-2 road record which included a loss to Virginia Tech. Boston College hasn’t been productive recently, and they are now averaging 74.4 points on the season, ranking them 170th in the country.  The Eagles are conceding an average of 71.9 points, positioning them 197th overall.

Louisville Stuns North Carolina

The Louisville Cardinals enter this one riding a wave of confidence after posting a surprising 83-62 upset road win over #12 North Carolina on Saturday to improve to 2-1 in ACC play. The Cardinals, who were labelled as 11 point underdogs, shot a stellar 52% from the field, while holding the Tar Heels to a 34.5% shooting performance. Cardinals’ scoring leader Jordan Nwora was terrific, netting 17 points on 5 for 10 shooting. The sophomore forward has scored at least 17 points in four out of his last five games, and he is averaging 17.3 PPG and 8 RPG on the season.

Dwayne Sutton also played a key role in the win against the Tar Heels, collecting 17 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double. The junior forward is 1 for 9 from three-point range in his last two games, and he is averaging 10 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

The Cardinals are ranked at 25th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they hold a 9-1 home record. Louisville is 2-2 in their last four games which included a win against Miami. They are clicking offensively, and the Cardinals are now averaging 80 points, ranking them 50th in the country. Louisville is allowing an average of 69.8 points, positioning them 137th overall.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

I expect a decisive home win from Louisville in this matchup. Louisville is coming off a dominating 83-62 road win over the #11 Tar Heels in their latest action, and they registered a convincing 90-73 home win over Miami in their previous home game. The Cardinals are clicking offensively, averaging a stellar 86.3 points in their last three games.

Furthermore, Boston College has dropped four consecutive games, and they are only averaging 66.5 points in that four game span, and Louisville is a strong defensive team.

Prediction: Louisville Cardinals

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

I anticipate a high-scoring conference clash in this matchup. The Cardinals are red-hot from deep which included 11 three’s against the Tar Heels on Saturday, and Boston College has allowed an average of 76.3 points in their three ACC games, plus the over is 18-7-1 in the Cardinals’ last 26 games following a straight up win.

In addition, while the Cardinals should contain Boston College, they feature scoring depth led by Ky Bowman (20.3 PPG), and they have four players averaging at least 12 points. The over is 27-9-1 in the Eagles’ last 37 conference games, and it should convert in this one.

Prediction: Over

Full-Game Prop Bet
Rating:

The over on the Louisville team total is a strong play. Louisville is having success against strong defensive teams. They just shot 52% against a Tar Heels team that is holding opponents to 41% shooting on the season, and they accumulated 90 points against a solid Miami defense in their lone conference home game.

Prediction: Louisville Team Total: Over

Half-Time Side Pick
Rating:

I am staying with Louisville on the halftime line. Louisville is averaging a solid 38.1 points in the first half this season, while Boston College is only posting 34.3 points. The Cardinals outscored the Tar Heels by nine points in the first half on Saturday, and I expect a comfortable lead at the half in this one.

Prediction: Louisville

Adam Rauzino

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