Over/Under: Men's Hoops Forecast



Brian: As christian pointed out, we would be remiss in not congratulating the BC men's hockey team for their 4-3 OT victory over Boston University in the Beanpot semifinals. It will be the first time in 14 years the Terriers are not in the championship game. Hats off to junior forward Nathan Gerbe for scoring 2 goals, his 20th and 21st goals of the season, including the game winner in OT. Boston College will go on to face surprising Harvard in the championship game next Monday. Harvard upset Northeastern 3-1 in the earlier semifinal.


Jeff: We move on to over/under, BC men's hoops style as they get ready to host the Maryland Terrapins tonight at Conte Forum. This is a rematch of their December 9 game in which the Eagles came away with an 81-78 victory.


1. Over/under 19 points for Tyrese Rice tonight (his point total from Terps-Eagles game 1)?


Jeff: Over. Tyrese averages 19.8ppg so I am going over.
Brian: Over, a lot over. Tyrese will carry us tonight but it ultimately won't be enough for the W.



2. Over/under 3 ACC wins in the month of February for the Eagles?


Brian: I'm going under. I don't see us winning tonight, certainly not against Duke on Saturday. That leaves us with NC State and UVA at home, and Florida State and Virginia Tech on the road. I only see us winning 1, maybe 2 of these games. Under.

Jeff: Wow Brian, that is pretty pessimistic. Of those 6 games we have we can beat five of those teams on any given night. 3 are at home and two on the road. I say we either win all 3 home games or win 2 home games and 1 away game giving us a push and leaving BC at 6-7 [in the ACC] at the end of the month.


3. Over/under the unpushable 4.5 ACC teams making the tournament?

Jeff: Over. Barely, but still over. Obviously Duke and UNC are in, Clemson probably in. Then I have two out of BC, Maryland, Virginia Tech and NC State making the dance. So five in all. NC State has the most difficult schedule left of those teams in question, but, similar to Maryland, is starting to play well at the right time.

Brian: Under. Only 4 ACC teams will make the dance this year. UNC, Duke, Clemson and Maryland.


4. Over/under a 3 point victory for BC tonight?

Brian: I'm going under. The spread is 1 point in favor of the Eagles. Even though we beat the Terps back in December, these are two teams going in opposite directions, and I think the Terps get the better of us tonight.

Jeff: Under. You are correct Brian but you have to at least give us a reasonable chance to win. The Eagles have only lost to Virginia Tech in conference at home and that was in overtime. The young Eagles are already confident from beating the Terps earlier in the season. Tonight is a good opportunity for them to bounce back. Stop fearing the turtle.
Brian: I'm just no longer that optimistic about the rest of our season. Plus we have beat Maryland and Gary Williams the last three times, I think the trend is reversed tonight.


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