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Eagles open as college hoops underdog vs Hokies

Boston College EaglesVirginia Tech Hokies
4-11January 11, 2014, 12:00 | Cassell Coliseum8-6

Virginia Tech will look to improve on its 8-6 record on Saturday when they host Boston College in NCAA basketball odds action at Cassell Coliseum.

The Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 2-11 ATS against the number this season, while the Hokies are 5-4 ATS. Boston College is 7-6 on the totals; Virginia Tech is 2-6.

View Boston College Eagles vs Virginia Tech Hokies Odds and Stats.

The Eagles were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 225-ranked Hokies and the No. 226-rated Eagles in this matchup.

Boston College was a 62-60 loser in their most recent outing at home against Clemson. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. Olivier Hanlan scored 27 points for Boston College on Saturday, but the Tigers managed a 62-60 victory over the Eagles at Conte Forum.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Eagles is ranked No. 244 in NCAA hoops at 31.13 per game. Contrast that with Virginia Tech’s No. 22 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Virginia Tech is the No. 15-ranked team in the country at 8.57 per game, while Boston College rates No. 73 at 7.2 per game.

A few Eagles at Hokies trends to consider:
Boston College is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Boston College is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Boston College is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Boston College is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
Virginia Tech is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston College
Virginia Tech is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston College
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Virginia Tech's last 6 games when playing Boston College

Next up:
Boston College home to Syracuse, Monday, January 13th
Virginia Tech at Clemson, Wednesday, January 15th