Boston College Eagles at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
NCAAB: E. A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky at 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The Boston College Eagles head to Kentucky to face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night. The Eagles lost to Clemson in the ACC quarterfinals, while the Hilltoppers were beaten by Marshall in the C-USA championship game.
Boston College lose to Clemson, move to NIT
The Boston College Eagles fought, but went down to the superior Clemson Tigers 92-80 in the quarterfinal of Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. That meant the Eagles move to the NIT, where they are seeded fifth.
“There are all steps,” coach Jim Christian said. “You don’t know where a winning culture, you don’t really know where it’s going to start and where it’s going to grow from, but in the last two weeks, and we lost some of those games, the culture has completely changed. The mentality completely changed. The attitude with which we played completely changed. And it was really fun to be around.”
The Eagles struggled offensively in the first half in comparison to the Tigers, taking a 43-36 deficit at the half. Their performance improved in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.
Hilltoppers lose to Marshall in C-USA championship game
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers missed out on the C-USA title by one point as the Marshall Thundering Herd took the crown after a 67-66 win. As a result, the Hilltoppers failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.
Justin Johnson had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Josh Anderson and Lamonte Bearden chipped in with 13 points apiece.
“If you leave anything NCAA tournament in the committee’s hands, you’re in trouble. You have to win. Marshall won. They took it out of anybody’s hands,” WKU coach Rick Stansbury said. “I’m comfortable and confident that our team has done enough and deserves an NIT berth for sure.” The Hilltoppers were awarded an NIT berth.
Boston College Eagles are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are:
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games.
The Eagles’ efficiency is one of their biggest assets. The Hilltoppers don’t have the same offensive proficiency as the Eagles, and that should also make a big difference. I’m taking Boston College for those reasons.