Boston College Eagles vs. Virginia Cavaliers: Preview, Odds, and Prediction 2/22/23
- Lm Tipster
- Feb 22, 2023, 7:19:38 AM
|Time||7:00 p.m. EST|
|Cavaliers money line||-375|
|Cavaliers spread||-8.5 (-110)|
|Eagles money line||+335|
|Eagles spread||+8.5 (-110)|
|Over / under||125|
2022-2023 season stats
|Virginia Cavaliers||Boston College Eagles|
|Home / road record||6-3||8-6|
|Points per game||69.00||63.00|
|Points allowed per game||60.00||70.00|
|Rebounds per game||32.00||33.00|
|Rebounds allowed per game||31.00||37.00|
|Over / under record||13-12||17-11|
The Boston College Eagles and the Virginia Cavaliers are set to face off in an exciting ACC matchup on February 22, 2023. The Eagles are coming off a hard-fought victory over the Florida State Seminoles, while the Cavaliers have been one of the best teams in the country this season, boasting a record of 21-4 and a conference record of 13-3.
The Cavaliers come into this game as one of the top teams in the country. Virginia is currently ranked sixth in the AP Top 25 Poll and has won nine of their last 10 games. The Cavaliers have been dominant on the defensive end this season, allowing just 55.7 points per game on average. Virginia's defense will be a tough challenge for the Eagles, who have struggled to score at times this season.
Kihei Clark has been a standout player for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 assists per game. Clark is a talented playmaker and has the ability to break down defenses with his ball-handling skills. Armaan Franklin has also been a key player for Virginia in recent games, averaging 12.5 points per game over the last 10 contests.
One of Virginia's strengths this season has been their ball movement. The Cavaliers lead the ACC in assists per game, with 16.2 on average. Virginia's ability to share the ball and find open shooters has been a key factor in their success this season. They will look to continue that trend against a Boston College team that ranks ninth in the conference in assists per game.
Virginia has been on a roll lately, winning nine of their last 10 games. The Cavaliers have been dominant on the defensive end, holding opponents to just 61.1 points per game during that stretch. Virginia's offense has also been solid, averaging 68.2 points per game over their last 10 contests.
In terms of statistical matchups, Virginia holds the edge in several categories. The Cavaliers rank first in the ACC in points allowed per game, while Boston College ranks ninth in that category. Virginia is also the better rebounding team, averaging 29. They will look to continue their strong play on both ends of the court. The Cavaliers' defense has been dominant all season, and they will look to keep that trend going against a Boston College team that has struggled to score at times. Virginia will also look to move the ball and find open shooters on offense, taking advantage of their superior ball movement.
Boston College Eagles
Boston College comes into this game with a record of 13-15, including a 7-10 record in conference play. The Eagles have had an up-and-down season, but they will look to build on their recent victory over Florida State. Quinten Post led the way for Boston College in that game, scoring 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Post has been on a roll lately, averaging 16.4 points per game over his last 10 contests. He will need to continue his strong play if the Eagles hope to knock off the Cavaliers.
Makai Ashton-Langford has also been a key player for the Eagles this season. The junior guard is averaging 12 points and 1.5 steals per game. Ashton-Langford is a strong defender and has the ability to create turnovers, which will be important against a Virginia team that values possession of the ball.
Boston College has struggled on the defensive end this season, allowing an average of 70.7 points per game. However, they have been able to hold opponents to 44.6% shooting, which ranks ninth in the ACC. The Eagles will need to tighten up their defense in this game, as they will be facing a talented Virginia offense.
Looking at the recent form, Boston College has gone 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Eagles have struggled to score at times during that stretch, averaging just 68.7 points per game. They have also struggled on the defensive end, allowing opponents to score an average of 73.0 points per game.
If the Eagles hope to pull off the upset, they will need to tighten up their defense and limit Virginia's offensive opportunities. Boston College will also need to take advantage of their opportunities on offense and knock down shots from beyond the arc. The Eagles have shot just 31.6% from three-point range this season, but they will need to shoot better than that if they hope to keep up with Virginia's offense.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia's last 6 games.
Virginia are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games.
Virginia are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against Boston College.
Virginia are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games against Boston College.
Virginia are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
Virginia are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston College.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston College's last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston College's last 6 games against Virginia.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston College's last 8 games at home.
Virginia has been one of the best teams in the country this season and should come into this game as the favorites. The Cavaliers' defense has been dominant all season, and they should be able to limit Boston College's scoring opportunities in this game. Virginia's offense has also been solid, and they should be able to take advantage of their opportunities against a Boston College team that has struggled on the defensive end.
Despite the statistical advantages for Virginia, anything can happen in a single game. Boston College will be playing at home and will be riding the momentum of their recent victory over Florida State. The Eagles will also be looking to snap a six-game losing streak to Virginia, which could provide extra motivation.
In the end, however, Virginia's dominant defense and solid offense should be enough to carry them to a comfortable victory in this game. Look for the Cavaliers to continue their impressive season and come away with a win over the Eagles.
PICK: Virginia -8.5 (-110)
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