Those looking to bet on NCAA basketball games can prepare for another competitive round of college basketball as teams take to the court to try to improve their national standing. Wednesday‘s action features a plethora of teams going head-to-head to try to knock each other down. One of the most intriguing matchups is the bout between the Boston College eagles and No. 15 Virginia Cavaliers.
After finishing 7-25 in the 2015-16 season, Boston College braced themselves for a rebuilding year. At the start of the season, the NCAAB odds didn’t think much about the Eagles chances and so far they haven’t exactly been wrong. Heading into this contest, Boston College will sport a 9-9 record that ranks them 9th in the ACC. However, the Eagles have made a slight improvement and are 2-3 in ACC play, a decent turnaround from the 0-18 record they posted in conference play last season. Nevertheless, against a nationally ranked opponent, Boston College is more than likely going to come into this contest as the vast underdog.
Unlike the Eagles, the Cavaliers are coming off a highly successful season. Virginia turned in a 29-8 record for the 2015-16 season that included a 13-5 record in the ACC. Additionally, the Cavaliers received a bid for the NCAA tournament and were able to advance to the Elite Eight before losing to conference rival Syracuse. Tony Bennett leads Virginia in his 8th year as head coach and the Cavs will come into this matchup with a 13-3 record that includes a 3-2 performance within the ACC. With that in mind, let’s see who the bookies think is most deserving of fans’ basketball bets.
NCAAB ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Wednesday, January 18th
Virginia Cavaliers -14½ (-110) 130½ (-110) -1500
Boston College Eagles +14½ (-110) 130½ (-110) +900
Naturally, the bookies think that your bet on NCAA basketball lines should go towards the nationally ranked team. Virginia has split their last two games and will be looking to build on the momentum of their 2 previous victories. The Cavaliers last took to the court when they faced the Clemson Tigers. Virginia was barely able to scathe by with a 77-73 win against a non-ranked team. However, considering that the Cavs have won three straight against Boston College, fans’ can expect Virginia to come into this game with a healthy dose of confidence and the NCAAB odds reflect that.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Boston College. The Eagles have lost three out of their last 4 contests including their most recent 76-53 loss to the Syracuse Orange. Nevertheless, Boston College is still faring better than they were last season and a big part of that change has to do with Jerome Robinson and AJ Turner, the Eagles’ guards. Robinson, who is averaging 20.2 points per game as well as 4.6 rebounds per game, leads Boston in scoring and ranks third in the conference in the same category. That might not be enough to convince fans to pick the Eagles over No. 15 Virginia for a bet on NCAA basketball games, but it should be enough to give the Cavaliers a bit of a hard time.