Syracuse vs. Boston College - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse vs. Boston College - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange (16-13) at Boston College Eagles (13-16)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Silvio O. Conte Forum)

The Line: Boston College Eagles +4.5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Syracuse Orange (16-13, 9-9 CONF) and the Boston College Eagles (13-16, 7-11 CONF) will meet on Tuesday, March 3rd for an ACC matchup at the Silvio Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time. 

Syracuse is coming off a 92-79 home loss to North Carolina in their last game. Despite clinching another winning season, this has to be a disappointing year for Jim Boeheim and the Orange, who will not be earning an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Boston College is coming off a 62-61 home loss to Notre Dame in their last game. Boston College has now lost three straight games. 

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Syracuse scores 74.1 points per game on 43.6 percent field goal shooting this season. Syracuse’s leading scorer is F Elijah Hughes, who scores 18.8 points per game. The leading rebounder for Syracuse is F Bourama Sidibe, who earns 7.1 rebounds per game. Syracuse allows 69.8 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +4.3 scoring differential so far this season. Syracuse also earns 35.4 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 4.5 blocks, and 7.2 steals per game as a team. 

Boston College scores 64.7 points per game on 40.6 percent field goal shooting this season. Boston College’s leading scorer is G Jay Heath, who scores 12.9 points per game. The leading rebounder for Boston College is F Steffon Mitchell, who earns 8.4 rebounds per game. Boston College allows 69.5 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -4.8 scoring differential so far this season. Boston College also earns 32.8 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 8.1 steals per game as a team. 

Syracuse is 13-16 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Syracuse is also 7-2 against the spread on the road so far this season. Boston College is 14-15 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. Boston College is also 8-9 against the spread at home so far this season.

Syracuse is the better team and has already beaten Boston College this season, but we know Syracuse is famous for underperforming in some spots. I cannot take Boston College even with the 4.5 points as the home dog, so I think the best play is the under. Boston College's offense has struggled all season and Syracuse's 2-3 zone should give them even more fits. I think Syracuse wins this game but the better play is the under. 

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