Both the ACC and Atlantic 10 have seen a downtick in NCAA Tournament bids in recent seasons and both conferences will be rooting for their respective teams to get a big non-conference win on Wednesday as the Boston College Eagles play host to the Richmond Spiders.
Richmond Spiders vs. Boston College Eagles (-3.5, 144.5)
Both teams enter with a 2-0 record with an average margin of victory of 28 points for Richmond, which should calm down considering the track record of both teams.
Neither team has a history of playing at a fast tempo, nor has this season with Boston College entering Tuesday ranked 200th in the nation in possessions per game and Richmond ranked 187th. Both teams have ranked outside of the top 250 in possessions per game each of the past two seasons.
Richmond’s backcourt addition of Jordan King from East Tennessee State has elevated its 3-point shooting percentage, which ranked 219th in the nation one season ago at 33%. It has elevated to 41.8% this season with King logging 44 total points in the first two games of the season.
While King has shot 53.3% from 3-point range this season, he’s coming off a season in which he shot just 31.5% from 3-point range.
One season ago, Boston College ranked 358th in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at home with a mark of 27.7%, which should improve this season. But without the addition of a proven outside shooter, this figures to be a major weakness yet again this season.
With Richmond allowing just 84.5 points per 100 possessions through its first two games of the season and neither team playing at fast tempos, a pair of offenses that have scored at least 75 points in both of their games to begin the season will be tamed on Wednesday.
The Play: Richmond vs. Boston College Under 144.5