The Boston College Eagles (3-0) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0) square off in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Naismith at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 144.5 points with Texas Tech set as a 9-point favorite. Action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 18, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Boston College Eagles ATS Preview
The last time the Red Raiders played, they won big over the Maine Black Bears, 83-44. With 11 points and seven rebounds, Zhaire Smith put together a solid game for Texas Tech. Texas Tech dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.596 and a turnover percentage of 13.3. For those same stats, Maine was 0.272 and 21.1, respectively.
The Eagles will look to keep it rolling after blowing out the Sacred Heart Pioneers in their last matchup, 73-53. With 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting, Deontae Hawkins was the games high scorer. The Eagles had a much better turnover percentage (6.1 vs. 22.9) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.463 vs. 0.367).
It could be a mistake-prone game for the Boston College offense. Since the 2016-17 season, Boston College ranks 256th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 19.7 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Texas Tech has forced the 55th-most turnovers in the nation (20.9 percent). ,
The Red Raiders are 20-14 straight up (SU) and 14-15 against the spread (ATS) since last season. A little over half of Texas Tech games have finished under the O/U total since last season.
Meanwhile, the Eagles, have records of 12-23 SU and 13-13-1 ATS since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to place the total low when Boston College has been involved over that same stretch as 63.0 percent of their games have ended over the projected point total.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Boston College Eagles ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Texas Tech, ATS Winner – Boston College, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Red Raiders rank seventh in rebounds allowed per game (29.9) while the Eagles rank 148th (34.8).
- Boston College ranks 151st in three pointers attempted per game (21.5) while Texas Tech ranks 284th (18.0).
- Texas Tech ranks 32nd in assists allowed per game (11.2) while Boston College ranks 267th (15.1).
- The Red Raiders rank 52nd in steals allowed per game (5.3) while the Eagles rank 251st (7.3).
- Texas Tech ranks 23rd in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while Boston College ranks 173rd (3.6).