Florida vs. Boston College odds, line: 2020 Roman Legends Classic picks, predictions from proven model

Teams looking to improve on their fortunes from a year ago meet when the Florida Gators take on the Boston College Eagles in a 2020 Roman Legends Classic matchup on Thursday. The Gators (1-0) tied for fourth with Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference at 11-7 and were 19-12 overall in 2019-20. The Eagles (1-2), meanwhile, tied for 10th with Virginia Tech and Miami (FL) in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 7-13 and were 13-19 overall a year ago. Florida has won both of the previous two games in the series, including a 91-65 triumph on Nov. 29, 1994.

The game is slated to begin at 9:30 p.m. ET from “Bubbleville” at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Florida had the 146th-best offense last season, averaging 71.9 points per game, while Boston College was 321st at 64.6. The Gators are 5.5-point favorites in the latest Florida vs. Boston College odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 139.5. Before making any Boston College vs. Florida picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Florida vs. Boston College in the Roman Legends Classic 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Boston College vs. Florida:

  • Florida vs. Boston College spread: Florida -5.5
  • Florida vs. Boston College over-under: 139.5 points
  • Florida vs. Boston College money line: Florida -260, Boston College +210
  • FLA: Was on the verge of its fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid before COVID-19 ground last season to a halt
  • BC: All three of its games this year have been decided by nine points or fewer

Why Florida can cover

The Gators had to wait a bit to start their season, but came out on top against Army on Wednesday thanks in part to a pair of transfers. They will look to build on their 76-69 victory with the help of junior forward Colin Castleton, a versatile big man who played two seasons at Michigan. He is known as a top-notch defender and shot blocker. In the win over Army on Wednesday, Castleton scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked one shot. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 44 appearances at Michigan.

Also expected to power the Gators is junior guard Tyree Appleby, who scored 15 points in the win over Army. He was one of the best players on the Cleveland State roster and averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 assists in 63 appearances with the Vikings.

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December arts scene a holiday gift for Boston

Living virtually doesn’t have to mean toggling between Zoom meetings and YouTube puppy videos. Everyone needs a few good dog clips now and then, but don’t forget to get outside (see the city holiday walk below) and swap Zooms for a few December arts offerings. Our arts organizations need your support, and you need their work to keep your soul warm this winter.

Downtown Holiday Magic, downtown Boston, now through Jan. 31

NOV. 30, 2020 – Detail from the Huntington Theatre’s Downtown Holiday Magic window. Photo courtesy Boston Improvement District

With arts institutions unable to perform for audiences, they have come together for a way to bring some cheer to December. Downtown Crossing windows have come alive with winter celebrations designed by Boston’s marquee arts organizations. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company created a projection-based design for an audio performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 467 Washington St. Boston Ballet came up with an installation showing off the handmade costumes from “The Nutcracker” at 101 Arch St. Cambridge’s historic Revels put a twist on the winter solstice showing off the troupe’s singular style and sets at 395 Washington St.

“In the Absence of Things,” online, debuts Tuesday

Somi Kakoma’s “In the Absence of Things,” an experimental short film, looks at the spiritual consequences of the global pandemic on creative practices, what Kakoma calls “the emotional vibration and undemocratic fragility of cultural space and the living stage.” Presented by a team of cultural and arts organizations, including ArtsEmerson, a first look at the film and a conversation with Kakoma takes place Tuesday. Details at artsemerson.org.

DJ WhySham, Genie Santiago, Trap Beat Tranny, online, Saturday

Once’s virtual venue has celebrated so many artists during the 2020 concert season that wasn’t. Not surprising considering what the Somerville ballroom puts on in a typical year. Boogie to beats of this three-act bill that will run from chill to raging, tender to radical. The revolution won’t be televised but it will be streamed via Once. (Double dip at the virtual stage and sign on to see Linnea’s Garden on Friday.) Details at oncesomerville.com/virtual-venue/.

“Twist & Shout: An Evening of Dance, Spoken Word and Music,” online, Saturday

NOV. 30, 2020 – OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center celebrates its 26th season with performances by its dancers. Photo courtesy OCAC.

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center celebrates its 26th season with this virtual gala featuring performances by its professional dancers. The arts non-profit founded by dancer and teacher Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga, which focuses on bringing dance, theater and African history education programs to underserved Boston neighborhoods, has been hit hard by the pandemic. Tune in, bid on silent auction items and help raise funds for the hundreds of kids OrigiNation works with each year. Details at originationinc.org.

“Black Voices Boston: Our Stories in Words and Movement,” online, debuts Sunday

Celebrity Series of Boston planned to bring Colombia-based choreographer Rafael Palacios’ Sankofa Danzafro to our city this winter. Instead, Palacios teamed with seven members of Boston’s Black communities to turn painful and triumphant

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Boston College Women’s Basketball Stomps UNH 80-44

Via BCEagles.com press release:

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College women’s basketball team started the 2020-21 season with an 80-44 victory over New Hampshire in non-conference play on Wednesday afternoon at Conte Forum. With the win, head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee improved to 3-0 in season openers at the Heights.

All-ACC preseason pick Taylor Soule led the way for the Eagles as she recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Makayla Dickens added 14 points of her own on 5-of-10 shooting while junior Marnelle Garraud powered the defensive attack by notching four steals.

Junior Clara Ford earned her first career start and finished the afternoon with a career-high 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.

The Eagles led the Wildcats 20-10 after one quarter of play with six points and four rebounds from Soule. BC closed out the quarter on a 13-2 run with help from two three-pointers from Garraud.

Boston College outscored the Wildcats 23-17 in quarter number two with another strong stretch by Soule. She finished the first half with 16 points and nine rebounds. BC was also helped by their stern defense, forcing 13 first-half turnovers.

The Eagles opened the third on a 17-5 run led by three, three-pointers from Dickens. BC went on to extend its lead to 67-32 heading into the fourth quarter. Disciplined defense proved key in the contest as the Wildcats were held to just five points in the quarter.

Redshirt freshman center Akunna Konkwo played in her first game as an Eagle and helped Boston College close out the contest by scoring seven fourth quarter points. The Eagles went on to outscore UNH 13-12 in the final frame and eventually topped the Wildcats 80-44.

BC returns to the court on Sunday at Conte Forum versus UMass. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. with live broadcast coverage on ACC Network Extra.

Game Notes

  • BC opened its 49th season of women’s basketball with a 80-44 victory over New Hampshire
  • BC is 35-14 all-time in season openers
  • BC is 3-0 in season openers under Joanna Bernabei-McNamee
  • The Eagles are 19-8 all-time against the Wildcats, including 3-0 when opening a new season against UNH
  • BC has won nine straight in the series versus UNH and is 16-4 at home against the Wildcats
  • Taylor Soule finished with her 11th career double-double with game-highs in points (22) and rebounds (12)
  • Junior forward Clara Ford finished with a career-high 12 points in her first career start
  • BC totaled 14 steals on the afternoon, the most in a game for the Eagles since 17 steals last season against Syracuse (Feb. 6, 2020)
  • The Eagles held a 38-22 scoring advantage in the paint
  • BC finished with four players in double-figures, led by Taylor Soule’s 22 points. Clara Ford (12), Makayla Dickens (14) and Akunna Konkwo (10) rounded out the Eagles with double-figures in the win

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