The seventh-ranked Virginia Cavaliers look to stay in the mix for the top spot in the ACC when they take on the visiting Boston College Eagles on Saturday. The Cavaliers (15-3, 7-2 ACC), who trail first-place Clemson by 1.5 games, are on a five-game winning streak and have compiled a 9-1 record at home. The Eagles (10-11, 4-6), who are 11th in the ACC, have won two in a row, but are just 1-5 away from home. Boston College defeated Louisville 75-65 on Wednesday, while UVA won at Wake Forest 76-67 last Saturday.
The game from John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia, will tip off at noon ET. Virginia is averaging 70.3 points per game, while Boston College averages 66.3. The Cavaliers are 14-point favorites in the latest Boston College vs. Virginia odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 123. Before making any Virginia vs. Boston College picks, you need to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on UVA vs. Boston College and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college basketball odds and betting trends for UVA vs. Boston College:
- Boston College vs. Virginia spread: Virginia -14
- Boston College vs. Virginia over/under: 123 points
- Boston College vs. Virginia money line: Boston College +700, Virginia -1100
- BC: The Eagles are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games
- UVA: The Under is 4-1 in the Cavaliers' last five home games against a team with a losing road record
- Boston College vs. Virginia picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Virginia can cover
Senior forward Jayden Gardner is one of three Cavaliers averaging in double-figure scoring. He averages 10.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and nearly one steal per game on 51.4% shooting from the floor. He is connecting on 60.7% of his free throws. Gardner has played even better at home, where he averages 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. In Virginia's last home game, he scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds against Virginia Tech.
Junior guard Reece Beekman is close to averaging double-digit scoring at 9.8 points per game. He also averages 5.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He has scored in double figures in nine games, including one double-double, scoring 10 points and dishing out 10 assists in an 86-79 win over then-No. 5 Baylor. He narrowly missed out on a triple-double in a 66-64 loss to then-No. 22 Miami on Dec. 20. In that game, he scored 10 points, while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out nine assists.
Why Boston College can cover
The Eagles have been elevated by the play of senior forward Quinten Post, who has reached double-digit scoring in each of the last seven games. He is coming off a 22-point, six-rebound performance against Louisville, and a 29-point, 14-rebound effort at Notre Dame on Jan. 21. For the season, he is averaging 15.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He is hitting on 57.5% of his field goals, including a blistering 44.4% from 3-point range. He is also nearly automatic at the free-throw line, connecting on 95.7% of his foul shots.
Senior guard Makai Ashton-Langford has been red hot of late. He scored 21 points in the win over Louisville and had 20 against Notre Dame. He has reached double-figure scoring in eight of his last nine games, and in 13 games on the year. For the season, Ashton-Langford is averaging 12.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He is also an 86.5% free-throw shooter.
How to make Boston College vs. Virginia picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 131 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50% of simulations. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
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