The Richmond Spiders (0-7) are off to a slow start and will try to get their first win when they clash against the Boston College Eagles (9-3) at Silvio O. Conte Forum. Action starts at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 23, 2017.
Richmond Spiders at Boston College Eagles Odds Preview
In the Spiders last outing, they lost to the Bucknell Bison, 86-78. With 22 points on 6-for-16 shooting, De’Monte Buckingham led Richmond in scoring. Bucknell had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (28.6 vs. 23.5). Richmond, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (22-25; 88.0 percent).
The Eagles come in on a high note after thoroughly outplaying the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils in their last matchup, 84-65. Boston College’s Steffon Mitchell had a solid performance, finishing with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Boston College dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 41.7 (above their season average of 35.8) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.579 (above their season average of 0.522). For those same stats, Central Connecticut State put up marks of 25.7 and 0.482, respectively.
Boston College figures to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. Since the 2016-17 season, the Eagles rank 85th in offensive efficiency, while the Spiders rank 257th in defensive efficiency. Additionally, the Spiders rank 35th in turnover percentage (16.5 percent), while the Eagles rank 255th in opponents turnover percentage (17.5 percent).
Ky Bowman has been superb as of late for Boston College, averaging 19.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists over the last five games.
The Spiders won the lone game against the Eagles last season, 67-54. The Spiders played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.222 and a turnover percentage of 16.5. The Eagles were 0.125 and 20.7, respectively, for those same stats.
Richmond Spiders vs. Boston College Eagles ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Richmond, ATS Winner – Richmond, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Eagles rank 29th in blocks allowed per game (3.4) while the Spiders rank 76th (3.2).
- Boston College is 18th in the NCAA with 6.9 steals allowed per game while Richmond is 52nd with 5.5 steals allowed per game.
- Boston College ranks 10th in rebounds per game (36.7) while Richmond ranks 259th (30.3).
- The Spiders rank 65th in three pointers allowed per game (20.0) while the Eagles rank 235th (21.7).
- Richmond ranks 50th in assists per game (16.3) while Boston College ranks 126th (14.6).