Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:55 AM
Tuesday's Tip Sheet
There are 15 college basketball games on the betting board this New Year’s Eve. Highlighting these final betting opportunities of 2019 are a pair of matchups in the ACC and Big East.
First up in Durham, the Boston College Eagles will be on the road against the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils. Closing out Tuesday night’s schedule, the No. 11 Butler Bulldogs go on the road to face the St. John’s Red Storm.
Boston College at No. 2 Duke (ACC, 6:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Duke -23, Total 140
Boston College is coming off an extended break after beating California 64-60 on Dec. 21 as a two-point favorite. The Eagles have won their last four games straight-up while going 3-1 against the spread. They are 8-5 SU overall with a 6-7 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 11 games.
Jairus Hamilton scored 18 points in the win against Cal, including a huge three-point bucket late in the game. The Eagles are four deep in double-digit scorers as part of their 67.7-point scoring average. They are giving up an average of 65.5 points on defense.
The Blue Devils closed out their nonconference schedule on Saturday with a 75-50 win against Brown but they could not cover the 28 points at home. They are 11-1 SU with a 7-5 record ATS. The total stayed UNDER 145 points in Saturday’s win after going OVER in eight of their previous 10 outings.
Vernon Carey Jr. led the way against Brown with 19 points. The freshman center is Duke’s leading scorer this season with 18.7 points to go with his team-high 9.0 rebounds. The Blue Devils are No. 10 in the nation in scoring with an average of 82.9 points per game.
-- The Eagles have a 5-10 record SU in their last 15 ACC games and they are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games played on Tuesday.
-- The Blue Devils are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 Tuesday games and the total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight conference games.
-- Duke has won nine of the last 10 meetings SU but it did lose to BC last season in the first meeting. The Eagles have the 5-2 edge ATS in the last seven matchups with the total going OVER in three of the last four games.
No. 11 Butler at St. John’s (FOX Sports 1, 7:30 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Butler -4, Total 138
The Bulldogs squared off against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday in their nonconference finale and they cruised to a 67-36 victory as 22-point home favorites. The lone SU loss this season was to Baylor against 12 wins. Butler is 9-3-1 ATS after covering in five of its last six games. The total has stayed UNDER in nine of its 13 games.
Derrik Smits came off the bench to score 16 points in the Bulldogs’ last game but he is questionable for Tuesday night. They have a trio of players averaging at least 10 points a game as part of a 69.2-point scoring average. Butler’s defense is fourth in the nation in points allowed (53.6). The Red Storm bring a SU seven-game winning streak into their Big East opener. Closing things out in style on Dec. 21, the knocked off the Arizona Wildcats 70-67 as 12-point underdogs. This raised their record to 11-2 SU. The cover was St. John’s third in its last four games as part of an 8-4-1 mark ATS. The total stayed UNDER 153 points against the Wildcats and it has stayed UNDER in six of its last eight contests.
Junior guard LJ Figueroa leads the Red Storm in scoring with 15.5 PPG. He put up 21 points his last time out to exceed that average in four of his last five starts.
-- The Bulldogs have failed to cover in five of their last six Big East games. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 10 December games.
-- The Red Storm are in the midst of a SU six-game home winning streak and the total has gone OVER in four of their last five conference games.
-- Butler has the 7-3 SU edge in its last 10 games against St. John’s while going 7-2-1 ATS. The home team won each meeting last season SU with the total going OVER in both meetings.