The fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers will look to remain unbeaten when they take on the struggling Boston College Eagles in a mid-week matchup on Wednesday night. With the Cavaliers coming off an impressive win and Boston College looking to snap a modest losing streak, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their college basketball betting odds in our online sportsbook.
Virginia vs Boston College NCAAB Odds & Game Preview
- When: Wednesday January 9, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
- Where: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
- TV: ESPN2
- Radio: Virginia / Boston College
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NCAAB Odds: Virginia -12.5 / Total: 129.5
Why Bet on the Virginia Cavaliers at -12.5?
Why should you consider betting on Virginia in this contest? Well, there’s the fact that the Cavaliers haven’t been beaten in 13 games this season. Then, there’s the fact that Virginia had the nation’s stingiest defense for the second straight season in limiting the opposition to a mind-boggling 51.5 points per game. The Cavaliers rank second in three-point defense (37.4%) and eighth in field goal defense (37.4%) while also putting up a solid 73.9 points per game offensively (184th). Virginia comes into this contest off an emphatic 65-52 win over No. 9 Florida State on Saturday as leading scorer Kyle Guy scored a team-high 21 points, including 18 points in the first half, when he made as many field goals as the entire Seminoles team.
“You watch him play on film and … you just don’t believe a guy is capable of being that confident when he shoots the ball,” Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said of Guy.
- Average Score For: 73.92
- Field Goals: 47.01%
- Three Points: 39.34%
- Free Throws: 78.86%
- Rebounds: 34.69
- Average Score Against: 51.46
- Field Goals: 37.37%
- Three Points: 24.79%
- Free Throws: 62.05%
- Rebounds: 29.31
Why Bet On The Boston College Eagles at +12.5?
Why should you consider betting on Boston College in this ACC pairing? Well, there’s the fact that the Eagles are playing at home where they’ve won six of nine this season. Then there’s the fact that BC has an offense that actually averages more points per game than Virginia (76.5 ppg, 121st). The Eagles will also be a bit desperate after dropping their last two games including a humbling 77-66 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday.
“We fouled,” Boston College head coach Jim Christian said. “I thought, in the second half, we played hard. We played hard the whole game. We started fouling a little bit, got out of position, and we didn’t score. That hurts a little bit, too.”
Jordan Chatman put up a team-high 18 points with two assists and one rebound in the loss. BC allows 71.3 points per game defensively (184th).
- Average Score For: 76.46
- Field Goals: 44.91%
- Three Points: 30.63%
- Free Throws: 70%
- Rebounds: 39.23
- Average Score Against: 71.31
- Field Goals: 39.60%
- Three Points: 30.90
- Free Throws: 75.30%
- Rebounds: 36.38
Virginia vs Boston College NCAAB Betting Trends
- Virginia is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 games
- Virginia is 5-0 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went UNDER in 5 of Virginia’s last 6 games
- Boston College is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 games
- Boston College is 7-3 SU in the last 10 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Boston College’s last 6 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Virginia vs Boston College
I’m not going to waste any time beating around the bush with my pick on this contest simply because I believe that Boston College is in big trouble against a Virginia team that plays defense like their lives literally depend on it.
Boston College has gone a winless 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games while Virginia has gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against Boston College while the road team in this rivalry has gone a perfect 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings between these two. Virginia’s 13-point win over a very good Florida State team the last time out leads me to believe BC is going down by at least 15 points in this one!
NCAAB Betting Pick: Virginia 75 Boston College 60