College Basketball Predictions: Maryland Terrapins vs. Boston College Eagles
Maryland Terrapins vs. Boston College Eagles
Thursday, 12/12/13, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Maryland -2.5
Current Betting Line: Maryland -2
Opening Total: 144
Current Total: 146
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Maryland opens ACC play for the final time in its history, as it looks to improve upon its 8-9 SU all-time record against Boston College, but the team has won two of the last three meetings in the series. The Terrapins are 33-27 in ACC openers, but have lost 16 of 26 that were on the road, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions Thursday night. Offensively, the team has three players averaging in double figures, with sophomore forward Jake Layman leading the way, scoring 14.4 points a game. Maryland is 1-3 SUATS as road favorites of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.
The Terrapins have lost their last two games, including a 77-75 setback to George Washington as three-point neutral-site favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 142.5. Maryland won its first in-season tournament since 2006 earlier in the season by capturing the Paradise Jam title in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.
Boston College has lost its first two games in December, including a 78-62 defeat to the USC Trojans as a pick’ em last time out, while going UNDER the betting total of 151. The Eagles are led offensively by the play of junior forward Ryan Anderson, who is averaging 18.0 points per game, while also ranking second in the ACC among active players with 16 double-doubles. These two teams split two games last season, with each winning on its home floor. Boston College is 3-0 SUATS as home underdogs of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.
The Eagles have played one of the tougher non-conference schedules in the country, with their opponents in November possessing a 42-10 combined record so far this year. The record of all nine of Boston College’s opponents are a combined 56-24. Scoring is up around the country—demonstrated in the program’s 76.4 points per game this season, which is up from 67.6 through the same period of time last season.
Sports bettors will likely back the Eagles due to the underdog being 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in this series.
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