Boston College at Notre Dame Lines, Expert Pick & TV Info

Boston College at Notre Dame Lines, Pick & TV Info

Written by on February 28, 2017

Other than pride, there’s really nothing for Boston College to play for in ACC action at No. 19 Notre Dame on Wednesday night. The Eagles are going to finish last in the conference regardless. The Irish can still finish as high as second and get a double-bye in the conference tournament. They will be sizable betting favorites in the NCAAB spreads.

Boston College at Notre Dame Lines, Expert Pick & TV Info

When: Wednesday, March 1, 8 PM ET Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend TV: ACC Extra Stream: WatchESPN RadioBoston College / Notre Dame Opening NCAAB Lines: Notre Dame favored by TBA

Why Bet On Boston College?

The Eagles (9-20) lost to Virginia Tech 91-75 on Saturday. BC led at the break, 40-38. With the game tied, 50-50, Virginia Tech scored nine-straight which ignited a 21-6 run to give the Hokies a 71-56 lead. The run lasted five minutes. Virginia Tech led the rest of the way as the Hokies scored 53 second-half points. Sophomore Jerome Robinson led Boston College with a game-high 25 points, going 8-of- 17 from the field, including 4-of- 8 from downtown. He also had five assists. Freshman Ky Bowman ended the day with 16 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Jordan Chatman chipped in with 13 points after scoring 30 earlier in the season against the Hokies. Robinson ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring (19.2). His 17 games of 20+ points lead the ACC and are the second-most among the Power 5 and Big East conferences. Bowman is one of just four freshmen in the nation with three 30-point games this season. Bowman ranks fourth among freshmen in the major conferences in scoring (17.9) during league games. Robinson and Bowman combine for 35.9 points per game in ACC play which ranks fifth among backcourts in the major conferences. Bowman is averaging 21.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in six games against ranked opponents. He is also shooting .575 (50-for- 87) from the floor and .486 (17-for- 35) from distance in those games. Robinson’s 17 games of at least 20 points ranks second among major conference players this season. Washington’s Markelle Fultz has 18. Robinson’s streak of eight-straight 20-point games from December 12 to January 11 is the best such streak in major conferences. He ranks third in the ACC in steals (1.7).

Why Bet On Notre Dame?

The Irish (22-7, 11-5) won their fifth straight Saturday, 64-60 over Georgia Tech. Junior forward Bonzie Colson turned in another double-double performance, scoring a team-high 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Colson leads the ACC in both double-doubles and 20-point, 10-rebound performances. Junior guard Matt Farrell was the other Irish player to finish in double figures with 17 points. Notre Dame pushed its lead to nine with 15:44 left in the second half off a three-point make from senior guard V.J. Beachem. The Yellow Jackets chipped away at the Irish lead, making it a four-point game with just less than five minutes to go at 52-48 but Notre Dame increased its lead to double figures at 60-50 with 1:24 remaining. Georgia Tech made one last run and cut Notre Dame’s lead to two at 62-60 with three seconds remaining. Farrell then made two free throws to seal the victory at 64-60. The Irish connected on 10 shots from three-point range against the Yellow Jackets, marking the 14th game with at least 10 three-point makes this season. The 2016-17 Notre Dame team has now recorded more games of 10-plus makes from distance than any other team in the Brey era, as the 2005-06 and 2006-07 squads each posted 13 games with at least 10 three-point makes. Notre Dame turned the ball over just eight times in the win, marking the 16th time this season the team has posted less than 10 turnovers in a game. The Irish are 12-3 on the season in games decided by eight points or less. Notre Dame won at Boston College 84-76 on Feb. 14. Colson scored 20 points, Farrell had 19 and Notre Dame overcame a 13-point first-half deficit. The Fighting Irish trailed by 10 points early in the second half before outscoring BC 21-3 over a 4:50 span. Bowman led Boston College with 29 points and Mo Jeffers had 12.

Boston College at Notre Dame Expert Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

This one shouldn’t be close. Back the Irish.