The Boston College Eagles (8-3) will be at home in Silvio O. Conte Forum when they square off against the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (5-4). Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
Central Connecticut State Blue Devils vs. Boston College Eagles ATS Preview
The last time the Blue Devils played, they lost to the Northern Illinois Huskies, 61-55. Central Connecticut State’s Tyler Kohl put together a solid game, leading both teams in scoring with 20 points on 7-for-17 shooting. Northern Illinois had a free throw rate of 0.298 (above their season average of 0.241). Central Connecticut State, on the other hand, held the Huskies to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.6 (below their season average of 27.8).
The Eagles hope to maintain momentum after beating the Columbia Lions in their last matchup, 81-66. Ky Bowman had a good outing for Boston College, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Boston College played a nearly perfect game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.316 (above their season average of 0.215) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.4 (below their season average of 36.2). For those same stats, Columbia had marks of 0.031 and 10.5, respectively.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Eagles rank 38th in offensive rebounding percentage (28.3 percent), while Central Connecticut State ranks 28th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.7 percent).
Bowman has been playing at a high level recently for Boston College, averaging 20.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists over the last five games.
Central Connecticut State Blue Devils at Boston College Eagles ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Boston College, ATS Winner – Boston College, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Eagles are 23rd in the NCAA with 3.4 blocks allowed per game while the Blue Devils are 26th with 3.6 blocks allowed per game.
- Boston College ranks 11th in steals allowed per game (6.9) while Central Connecticut State ranks 155th (6.5).
- The Eagles rank 116th in three pointers attempted per game (21.7) while the Blue Devils rank 255th (15.1).
- Boston College ranks 13th in rebounds per game (36.6) while Central Connecticut State ranks 120th (34.1).