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#519 Boston College
Eagles -8.5
#520 Pittsburgh
Panthers 139

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Game Stats

Boston College Eagles

15 - 10

10-9
ATS
11-7
O/U
75
PPG
72
OPPG

Pittsburgh Panthers

8 - 18

11-10
ATS
4-17
O/U
62
PPG
72
OPPG

Boston College (15-10 SU, 10-9-0 ATS, 11-7-1 O/U) at Pittsburgh (8-18 SU, 11-10-0 ATS, 4-17-0 O/U)

When and Where: Tuesday, Feb. 13, Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., 7 p.m. EST.

Boston College knows all about going winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the Eagles will try to keep Pittsburgh on that track Tuesday night when the conference rivals collide.

Eagles seek breakthrough on road in ACC play

Boston College (15-10, 5-7 ACC) went 0-18 in conference play in 2015-16 and won just two games last season, but is fighting to get to .500 and the middle of the pack after upending then-No. 25 Miami 72-70 on Saturday.

Ky Bowman hit two free throws with 2.7 seconds to play for the winning points as the Eagles closed the game with a 9-0 run over the final 6:17 for their second win over a ranked opponent this season.

Bowman finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while Jerome Robinson had a team-high 29 points for Boston College, including the six before Bowman’s free throws.

The trick for the Eagles is to now end a 23-game road losing streak in ACC play that dates to a 66-59 win at Virginia Tech on March 2, 2015. Only five of those losses have been by single digits and they have played at Pittsburgh just once in that span, suffering an 84-61 loss Jan. 16, 2016.

Robinson is averaging 20.4 points and shooting 46.6 percent from 3-point range, which ranks second in both categories in the ACC. Bowman is sixth the conference in scoring at 16.9 per contest while Jordan Chatman is eighth in 3-point shooting percentage (42.0) and averaging 12.7 points.

Boston College has not won 16 games since finishing 16-17 in 2012-13 and looking for its first winning season since going 21-13 in 2010-11 and reaching the NIT.

Pitt tries to end school-record 13-game skid

Pittsburgh (8-18, 0-13) is mired in the worst losing streak in school history and has dropped 17 straight in conference play dating back to last season.

The last four defeats have come by a combined 101 points following a 94-60 thrashing at home administered by Louisville on Sunday. Freshman Shamiel Stevenson scored 15 points and fellow first-year player Parker Stewart added 12 for Pitt, which failed to shoot 35 percent for the fifth time in conference play this season and has averaged 57.5 points in its last four games.

Freshman Jared Wilson-Frame leads the Panthers in scoring at 12.7 points per game but is shooting 29.8 percent from 3-point range and 36.8 percent overall. He had 11 points against Louisville and has averaged 14.8 over his last six games.

Fellow freshman Marcus Carr is also in double figures at 10.6 per game, but Pittsburgh is last in the ACC in scoring (63.0), overall shooting (41.3) and 3-point shooting (32.1).

Coach Kevin Stallings has used 15 different lineups this season, tied for third-most in Division I. Pitt has been outscored by an average of 17.8 points at home in conference play, going 0-6.

Trends:

Boston College is:

  • 4-0 ATS in its last four road games as a favorite between 7.0 and 12.5 points.
  • 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games as a favorite.

Pittsburgh is:

  • 2-5 ATS in its last seven games following a double-digit loss at home.
  • 2-6 ATS in its last eight games as an underdog between 7.0 and 12.5 points.
  • 2-9-1 ATS in its last 12 home games vs. opponents with a sub-.400 winning percentage.

Pittsburgh has won all five games between the teams since joining the ACC, including an 83-72 road victory last season in the only meeting despite a combined 37 points from Bowman and Robinson.

The Panthers have won 11 straight over the Eagles dating back to their days as Big East Conference members and 15 of 16 overall.

Pick: Boston College -8

Chris Altruda

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.

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