Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) at Boston College Eagles (3-0 SU)
Line: Texas Tech -4
Texas Tech meets Boston College from Uncasville, Connecticut in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The Eagles are 3-0 after beating Maine, South Carolina State and Sacred Heart (73-53) on Tuesday. Texas Tech is 2-0 after beating South Alabama and Maine on Tuesday (83-44).
Red Raiders defense dominates Black Bears
Texas Tech held Maine to just 24.6 percent shooting at home on Tuesday. That’s a solid performance for a team that finished 18-14 last season and returns three starters. One of those starters is Keenan Evans, who scored 12 points in just 19 minutes. Last season, Evans averaged 15.4 points per game and 3.0 assists. Senior Zach Smith (12.1ppg, 7.2rpg) is another returning starters who had three points and six rebounds in 23 minutes against Maine. The Red Raiders shot 50.9 percent from the field and 10-of-18 from beyond the arc against the Black Bears.
One newcomer who should help is senior Tommy Hamilton (6-11, 260), who scored seven points in the Maine game. Hamilton sat out last year after transferring from DePaul. He averaged 8.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 2015-16, while also making 49 of 107 three-pointers (.457).
Hawkins leads Eagles over Pioneers
Deontae Hawkins (6-8, 220) averaged 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds for Illinois State last season and arrived at Chestnut Hill for his final season as a grad transfer. Hawkins scored 18 points combined in the first two games, but averaged 13 rebounds. In the Eagles’ last game against Sacred Heart. Hawkins scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Boston College. Guard Ky Bowman added 14 points and seven assists. Bowman averaged 14.3 points per game and 4.8 rebounds last season. He’s averaging 14 points and 5.3 assists this season in three games.
The Eagles won big despite star guard Jerome Robinson (6-6, 191) having a terrible game with four points on 1-of-14 shooting from the field. Robinson led the Eagles last season with 18.7 points per game. He’s averaging 10.3 points and 4.3 assists this season on 31.3 percent shooting from the field (25% 3pt).
Texas Tech is:
Boston College is:
- 2-11 ATS last 13 neutral site games.
- 0-5 ATS last 5 overall.
The Eagles were 9-23 last season for a reason. The addition of Hawkins will help on the boards but he’s now stepping up in competition and Hamilton is a tough cover inside and out. Expect the Red Raiders to win and cover this one.