Two teams hoping the new year will spark a turnaround meet Tuesday when the Boston College Eagles host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in an ACC game.
The Fighting Irish opened to a 6-1 mark, culminated by a convincing victory over a ranked Michigan State squad, but they have lost five of seven games since.
Mike Brey has five players averaging better than 10 points per game but none more than 14, which means he doesn’t have one player he can count on every night.
Six players have led the Irish in scoring, including four times by Nate Laszewski and three times by Dane Goodwin, both seniors.
Similar to the Irish, the Eagles enjoyed a nice start, winning five of seven games, but losing the next four, including one in overtime to New Hampshire on Dec. 6.
An ACC win over a ranked Virginia Tech squad allowed the Eagles and head coach Earl Grant to get back over .500 prior to Saturday’s 14-point ACC loss at Syracuse.
The Eagles, who are led by guards Makai Ashton-Langford and Jaeden Zackery, rank near the bottom of the NCAA in adjusted offensive efficiency (95.4), which measures the number of points a team scores per 100 possessions.
Ryan Finds Range From Deep
Prior to going 2-of-8 in Friday’s 76-65 ACC loss to Miami, Cormac Ryan had been on a heater from 3-point territory, making 22-of-40 (55%) in the prior seven games.
The hot streak sort of came out of nowhere for the senior guard from New York City, who opened the season by going 5-of-23 from deep before making 14-of-19 in a three-game span against Michigan State, Syracuse and Boston University.
Ryan (40.8%), Goodwin (44.4%), and Laszewski (40.4%) each rank in the top 15 in the ACC in 3-point shooting for the No. 2 team in the ACC from beyond the arc.
Post Trouble Looming for Irish
Quinten Post, a 7-foot forward from the Netherlands, returned from a foot injury to play against Syracuse and logged eight points in 16 minutes of action.
Post transferred to Boston College last season from Missouri State and put up 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in a reserve role for the Eagles.
More was expected of him this season, and this could be a game where he and fellow bigs CJ Penha and Devin McGlockton shine as the interior defense and rebounding of the Fighting Irish have been a weakness thus far this season.
Notre Dame, which has given up 109 offensive rebounds, ranks 304th in field goal defense (45.8), and that number rises to 52.5% on two-point attempts.
Notre Dame vs Boston College Game Injuries
Notre Dame vs Boston College Head-to-Head
The Fighting Irish are 15-3 against the Eagles in ACC games, including 7-2 in Conte Forum. Notre Dame, which prevailed in overtime in the most recent meeting in February, has won 17 of the last 20 games to push its lead in the series to 25-13.
Notre Dame vs Boston College Information
- Game: Notre Dame (8-6, 0-3) vs Boston College (7-7, 1-2)
- Location: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Notre Dame vs Boston College Live Stream: TBS.com
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Notre Dame vs Boston College Betting Lines
Notre Dame vs Boston College Picks & Prediction
The Eagles are 2½-point underdogs at home on the NCAAB lines. Boston College is 2-3 against the spread this season as an underdog of 2½ or more points.
The Fighting Irish are 2-11-1 against the spread this season and have covered the number just once in 10 opportunities as a favorite of 2½ or more points.
Notre Dame is listed at -140 in our Las Vegas odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Fighting Irish, you have a chance to win $71. Boston College is +120, offering a chance to win $120 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Notre Dame a 58.33% chance to win, with the Eagles 45.45%.
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