BYU Cougars vs. Pepperdine Waves Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/9/14
Pepperdine Waves (10-6) at BYU Cougars (9-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Marriott Center)
The Line: BYU Cougars -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: BYU TV
The BYU Cougars and the Pepperdine Waves face of on Thursday in WCC college basketball action.
The expectations were fairly high for the BYU Cougars this season but tough scheduling has led to a disappointing record. BYU has played the third ranked schedule in the nation going 6-1 at home thus far. Tyler Haws is averaging 21.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds to lead the Cougars. Matt Carlino is averaging 14.5 points with 4.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists, Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 13 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.4 assists, and Eric Mika is averaging 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds. BYU is averaging 87.3 points and they are shooting 46.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 78.6 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. BYU has started conference play 1-2 including a loss at Pepperdine by six points.
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The Pepperdine Waves are 10-6 on the season and are 3-1 in WCC play. Pepperdine is 4-2 on the road but they have played just the 223rd ranked schedule thus far. Brendan Lane is averaging 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game to lead the Waves. Stacy Davis is averaging 14.6 points and 8.0 rebounds, Jeremy Major is averaging 11.6 points, and Malcolm Brooks is averaging 9.7 points. Pepperdine is averaging 72.9 points and they are shooting 47.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Pepperdine is coming off of their first conference loss falling by 10 at San Francisco.
BYU is 1-4 against the spread following a win, 1-4-1 against the spread against the WCC, and 15-35-1 against the spread following a cover. Pepperdine is 4-1 against the spread against the WCC, 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games, and 6-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The home team has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.
BYU has the firepower but even with the tough schedule they have been a disappointment and while they have a chance to win here the number is out of sight and the play is solidly Pepperdine.
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