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Two Atlantic Coastal Conference teams in the midst of losing streaks will take the floor when the Boston College Eagles take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Boston College has lost two straight, losing on the road to Syracuse, 76-50, in their last game. Wake Forest is on a three-game skid following an 80-70 loss to Virginia Tech earlier in the week. This will be the second meeting of the season for these two programs as Boston College won the season opener for both squads, 77-70.Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EST for this matchup at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum and can be viewed on the ACC Network.
Eagles 1-3 in their last four ACC gamesBoston College got off to a 2-0 start in conference play but is in a funk as of late. They've struggled to score points during this four-game stretch, scoring 49 at Duke, 52 against Georgia Tech and 50 in the loss to Syracuse. Surprisingly, their best scoring effort was 60 in the win against Virginia, the top defensive team in the country. The Eagles had no answer for Syracuse's zone in the first half, scoring just 13 points in the first 20 minutes. No player reached double digits in scoring as CJ Felder scored nine points with nine rebounds and Jairus Hamilton also had nine points. Boston College shot 32.8% from the floor and an abysmal 6-for-30 from three.
Derryck Thornton leads the Eagles in scoring (12.7) and assists (3.4), but scored just four points in the loss to Syracuse. They are really missing Nik Popovic, their second-leading scorer who has been out with a back injury. Freshman guard Jay Heath leads the team in minutes played and scores 11.7 per game. Steffon Mitchell is doing all he can on the defensive end, leading BC in rebounds (8.5), steals (2.5), and blocks (1.2). It should come as no surprise that the Eagles are one of the worst offensive teams in the nation, ranking 324th in scoring (64.1), 330th in field goal percentage (39.8) and 320th from beyond the arc (29.2).
Demon Deacons have lost three straight by 10 points or moreWake Forest is at the bottom of the standings in the ACC with a 1-5 record in conference play. Their lone conference win came against Pittsburgh to start the new year but their last three games have come against the best the ACC has to offer in Florida State, Duke and Virginia Tech. The Demon Deacons had 18 total turnovers in the loss to the Hokies. Oliver Sarr had 18 points and nine rebounds, Brandon Childress scored 16, and Andrien White added 14 as Wake Forest trailed the entire second half.
Sarr leads the Deacs with 18 points and Childress adds 16, but Wake falls to Virginia Tech.— Wake Basketball (@WakeMBB) January 15, 2020
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They have been without Chaundee Brown during the three-game losing streak, who is second on the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game. Childress leads the Demon Deacons in minutes (34.0), points (15.0), assists (4.4) and steals (1.2). Oliver Sarr, a 7-footer from France, averaging 12.7 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 52.7% from the floor. Sarr's rebounding numbers are second-best in the ACC. Wake Forest is scoring 72.3 points per game, shooting 42.5% from the floor and65.9% at the foul line.
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- Boston College is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
- Boston College is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against an ACC opponent
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Neither team is playing with great confidence at this point of the season but Boston College's inability to score makes them suspectable to blowouts. The Eagles lost there last two games by 16 and 19 points, and Duke walked away with an easy 39-point win. Wake Forest is happy to see a team that is struggling to score points after three straight games against teams with a combined nine losses. The Demon Deacons will get their revenge for the loss at the beginning of the season with a double-digit win.
Prediction: Wake Forest
Full-Game Total Pick
Wake Forest has been in high-scoring games as of late but Boston College isn't suddenly going to score points in bunches. The total has gone under in six of their last seven games and 11 of their 17 games this season. The one game that did go over the total in their last seven games was the win over Virginia and the total for that one was a measly 111 points. The under makes too much sense.