Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA
Where to watch: ACC Network
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Virginia -8
FanDuel: Virginia -8.5
BetMGM: Virginia -7.5
Caesars: Virginia -8
No. 6 Virginia: 21-4 (13-3 ACC)
Boston College: 13-15 (7-10 ACC)
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Virginia - Boston College preview, prediction and analysis
Closing in on a regular season ACC championship, the Virginia Cavaliers will look to win their fifth straight game when they visit the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill on Saturday.
The No. 6-ranked Cavaliers have not had an easy road over the month of February, winning four games, yes, but the last three have come by either one possession or in overtime. The last two especially, against bottom-of-the-standings Louisville and Notre Dame, have not been a great measuring stick to figure out where this team is at.
Virginia is coming off a 57-55 win against Notre Dame in which Kihei Clark scored a team-high 15 points, and Virginia won a classic Virginia game by shooting just 36.5 percent from the floor and holding Notre Dame to 39.2. Armaan Franklin chipped in with 12, and Reece Beekman had 11 points, as well.
“I think being a point guard, I think this is something to do with, you know, being in that position, but it’s a team award," Clark said, "... the guys make a lot of shots and I give the credit to them.”
Despite this slow trek to the finish line, Virginia is still in a very good spot at the top of the ACC at 13-3 in conference play. They’re a half-game up, however, on the Miami Hurricanes, who are going to be in a tough battle in Blacksburg on Tuesday. There’s still the matter of Pittsburgh, Clemson, NC State and Duke all within 2.5 games of each other and Virginia. What that means going forward remains to be seen.
Boston College is likely facing a middle-of-the-pack seed for the conference tournament but are trying to find any bit of momentum. They’re coming off a 75-69 win at Florida State over the weekend, holding off on a three-game losing streak and winning for the first time since beating Virginia Tech on Feb. 8.
Quinten Post had a game-high 21 points while Devin McGlockton chipped in with 16 points to push Boston College across the finish line. The Eagles led by as many as 19 points earlier in the game. Post went 7 of 11 from the floor and made all five of his 3-point attempts.
Boston College just isn’t someone that can be trusted for a heavy upset this time of year. They’re firmly entrenched in the middle of the pack and won’t be anywhere near the bottom. Ultimately, this should be a very short run in the conference tournament and that’ll ultimately lead their season to come to an end.
Virginia can’t afford to win by just one score again. They need to absolutely dominate this game and prove that they can be the top of the conference. If not, Miami is seemingly right there ready for the picking. Virginia 68, Boston College 50
Virginia is 2-6 ATS on the road this season.
Virginia is 8-12 ATS as a favorite this season.
Boston College is 32-28 ATS as an underdog the last 3 seasons.
Boston College is 6-3 ATS after a road game this season.
Projected starting lineup
PG: Kihei Clark
SG: Reece Beekman
SF: Armaan Franklin
PF: Jayden Gardner
C: Ben Vander Plas
PG: Makai Ashton-Langford
SG: Mason Madsen
SF: Devin McGlockton
PF: Prince Aligbe
C: Quinten Post
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