The Boston College Eagles go on the road as heavy double-digit underdogs for Tuesday’s ACC matchup against the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils. Tip off for this ACC tilt on ESPN is set for 7 p.m.
Boston College has struggled to a straight-up 2-6 record in ACC play as part of an 11-9 record overall. It failed to cover as two-point home favorites on Saturday in a 79-73 loss to Notre Dame. The Eagles slipped to 5-3 against the spread in the conference with the total going OVER BetAnySports’ closing line in six of those eight ACC contests. BC is a perfect 5-0 ATS on the road this season.
The Eagles are averaging 74.1 points per game with guard Ky Bowman the team leader in points (20.8) and assists (3.5). Defensively, they ranked pretty far down the list in Division I play when it comes to points-allowed (72.9). They gave up 77 points to a loss at home against Syracuse last Wednesday night.
Duke held on to the No. 2 spot in both national polls with last week’s victories (SU and ATS) against Notre Dame on the road and against the Big East’s St. John’s Red Storm at home. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing 162.5-point line in Saturday’s win and it has stayed UNDER in the Blue Devils’ last four contests.
The duo of RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson as one-and-done freshman could very well enter the NBA as national champions. This two-man wrecking crew is averaging more than half of Duke’s 87.4 points a game. They are also combining for 16.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists a game. Freshman guard Tre Jones has also played a big role in the team’s success with 8.3 points and a team-high 5.6 assists per game.
This could be a tricky spot for Duke covering such a large spread since it could easily get caught looking past this game to Saturday’s showdown against Virginia. I still see the total staying UNDER as my ‘best bet’ pick for Tuesday night.