College Basketball Picks and Predictions: Baylor Bears vs. Boston College Eagles

No. 16 Baylor Bears vs. Boston College Eagles
Thursday, 11/15/12, 3:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPNU
Opening Point Spread:  Baylor -13.5
Current Betting Line:  Baylor -12.5
Opening Total:  139.5
Current Total:  140.5
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The Baylor Bears are coming off a school-record 30-win campaign

Baylor will be playing its third game in a season-opening stretch that features five games in 10 days, as it comes off a 78-47 win over Jackson State on Sunday.  The Bears are coming off a school-record 30-win campaign, as they get set to face Boston College in a neutral-court environment inside the TD Garden in Charleston, S.C.  Guard Pierre Jackson is the player to watch offensively, averaging 19.5 points and 9.5 assists per game.  Baylor is 5-8 ATS when playing on a neutral floor the last two-plus seasons, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks and predictions on Thursday.

The Bears have a losing 95-97 all-time record in regular season tournaments, but have gone 14-7 in that situation during the Scott Drew era.  Baylor will be facing four schools for the first time this year, including today’s opponent, as it looks to improve to 25-13 in non-conference games away from the Ferrell Center under Drew’s direction.

Boston College earned a 84-70 win over Florida International as 14-point home favorites in its opener, with sophomore forward Ryan Anderson leading the way with 29 points and 17 rebounds in 36 minutes of action.  The Eagles have lost 10 of their last 11 games against ranked opponents, as they begin their third season under head coach Steve Donahue.  He led Cornell to three consecutive Ivy League titles from 2008-10, including a trip to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16.  Boston College is 0-2 ATS as a neutral court underdog of 12.5 to 15 points since 2010, with the OVER going 2-0 in that situation.

The Eagles went 30-for-39 from the charity stripe against the Golden Panthers, which were the most free throws hit in a game for the program since 2007.  Boston College has quickened the pace on the offensive end, considering it averaged just 59.3 points per game and scored over 80 points just once a season ago.  Anderson was an ACC All-Freshman Team selection last year, as he averaged 11.2 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the Bears have gone OVER the number in 10 of their last 13 tournament games.

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