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John Hyslop

by John Hyslop in College Basketball

Mar 4, 2021 · 6:05 PM PST

Isaiah Wong gathering ball in traffic
Miami guard Isaiah Wong (2) is pressured by Virginia guard Trey Murphy III (25) and forward Sam Hauser, right, during an NCAA college basketball game Monday in Charlottesville, Va. (Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress via AP, Pool)
  • The Boston College Eagles battle the Miami Hurricanes Friday night
  • This is the final game of theΒ regular season for both schools
  • See the odds, spread, analysis, and best bet, below

The Boston College Eagles (4-14, 2-10 ACC) and Miami Hurricanes (7-16, 3-15 ACC) will meet Friday night at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida for what shakes out to be a battle for last place in the ACC. Tip off is 6pm ET.

The home team has won the last six meeting between the programs. Boston College has covered eight of the last nine games in this series, including an 84-62 beating as two-point underdogs back in January. Β Current odds are showing Miami as 3.5-point favorites this time around.

Boston College vs Miami Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Boston College Eagles +3.5 (-110) +128 Ov 143 (-110)
Miami Hurricanes -3.5 (-110) -152 Un 143 (-110)

Odds as of March 4th at FanDuel

Boston College still looks a little discombobulated after playing only five games since January 17th due to COVID-19 concerns in the program. They were out of sorts last time they took the floor, getting smoked by the Florida State Seminoles 93-64.

The Miami Hurricanes’ season is not going much better but that’s mainly due to an injury to Chris Lykes instead of COVID. They failed to reach 60 points for the second straight game in a 65-51 loss to Virginia in their latest action.

Boston College is Reeling

COVID-19 has been tough on everyone and the Boston College Eagles basketball program is no different. They’ve had seven games postponed since January 17th, leaving them with only five games played in over a month. Of those five games, they’ve only come out on top of one and they suffered their second-worst defeat of the season to Florida State on Wednesday night.

The Eagles could not have asked for a worse scenario going into this one, as the Seminoles were coming off of a loss to North Carolina. To make matters worse, Boston College was coming off a rare win. The “get right spot/letdown game” narrative was in full effect and it played out as such from the opening tip. The Seminoles jumped out to a 53-35 lead at the half and never looked back.

Miami Needs More Offense

The wheels have completely fallen off of the Canes’ season at this point. After beating the Duke Blue Devils 77-75 on February 1st, Miami has now dropped six straight games. Their 293rd-ranked offense in terms of points per game has failed them all season and it failed them again on Monday against the Virginia Cavaliers.

For the second straight game, Miami failed to top the 60-point plateau making it extremely difficult to win basketball games. Against a very good Cavaliers defense, they failed to shoot higher than 40% while turning the ball over 11 times. Virginia limited Isaiah Wong, who averaged 28.5 in the two prior games, to just 10 points in the game.

Best Betting Angle

Losing Chris Lykes early in the season has clearly taken its toll on a Miami team that was projected to finish seventh in the ACC. He was the centerpiece of the team and along with Wong, formed a nice one-two punch. Still, the Hurricanes have shown flashes of brilliance recently against some of the better defenses in the conference.

Even though they haven’t scored more than 58 points in either of their past two games, those games were against two top-30 KenPom-ranked defenses. This game is a giant step down in class against a Boston College team that plays fast with less talent on defense. It’s a great spot to take advantage of a Miami side that is being disrespected a bit after two lackluster performances against two top-tier defenses.

The pick: Miami -3.5 (-110)

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