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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Boston College Eagles ATS Pick

Time: 8 PM EST Wednesday February 26, 2014, ESPN3

Location: Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

The Boston College Eagles host the Pittsburgh Panthers in an ACC match up.

In their last games: Pittsburgh lost to Florida State 71-66 and Boston College lost to Miami 69-42.

In their loss to Florida State Pitt played decent defense, but their offense was cold only shooting 37% from the floor.

Boston College was only down 5 points to Miami at halftime, but were outscored in the 2nd half by 22 points. The Eagles only shot 32.6% from the floor.

This is the first match up this season between these 2 teams in a ACC match up with Pittsburgh joining the conference after playing in the Big East last season.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Pitt has 20 wins, but they have lost 3 straight and 5 of their last 7 games.

Boston College only has 1 win in their last 7 games, but it was a big one taking down #1 ranked Syracuse.

The Eagles only rank 250th in the nation in points per game and 340th in rebounds per game.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Pittsburgh -6.5
Total Line: Off
Money Line: Panthers -280 / Eagles +240

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Pittsburgh Panthers: 20-7 SU 7-16-1 ATS
Boston College Eagles: 7-20 SU 8-16-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• PITT is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
• PITT is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• PITT has an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss.
• BC is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• BC is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• BC has an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Pittsburgh Panthers: 86.53
Boston College Eagles: 72.67

Key Player Injuries

PANTHERS
[F] 01/12/2014 – Durand Johnson out for season ( Knee )

EAGLES
[G] 11/16/2013 – Darryl Hicks out for season ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick:

The Panthers haven’t covered a spread since January, a stretch that covers 7 games. That being said it’s not like they were playing the bottom dwellers of the Atlantic Coast. In fact in their last 7 they have played the top 4 teams and while they did lose all 4 only the game against Duke did they lose by greater than 4 points. They are now in a position that if they don’t string some wins together or come up with a big ACC tournament they could be looking from the outside in come the Big Dance. Boston College had their one lucky win on the season knocking off at the time the unbeaten Orange, but came right back to earth against the Hurricanes getting blown out by 27 points. The Eagles are a poor 1-8 against the number at home and we don’t expect that number to improve tonight. Take the Pittsburgh Panthers -6.5.
Bet this game at and Lay -105 instead of -110 on this game!

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