BYU vs. Hawaii - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hawaii Warriors (7-2) at BYU Cougars (6-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Marriott Center)
The Line: BYU Cougars -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: BYU TV
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and BYU Cougars play Saturday at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors have won five of their last six games and could use a big win here to keep things going. On the season, Hawaii is averaging 71.2 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Aaron Valdes is averaging 15.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while Garrett Nevels is averaging 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. Roderick Bobbitt leads the Warriors with 5.6 assists and Negus Webster-Chan is shooting 38 percent from the field. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are averaging more than 57 shots per game and have six players averaging more than seven points. Hawaii has also flexed its muscle on the defensive end, holding teams to 29.6 percent shooting from deep and producing 8.6 steals per game.
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The BYU Cougars have won three of their last five games and now looking for consistency. On the season, BYU is averaging 89.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting and is allowing 81.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Tyler Haws is averaging 23.8 points on 50.4 percent shooting and Anson Winder averaging 14.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 5.1 assists per game and Chase Fischer is shooting 43.8 percent from the field. The BYU Cougars are one of the top offensive teams in the country, which includes shooting 75 percent from the free throw line and 40.4 percent from beyond the arc. BYU can score with any team in the land but the lack of defense is killing the Cougars. BYU is allowing teams to shoot 40.3 percent from three and has allowed 157 points in its last two games.
The Warriors are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games and 2-14 ATS in their last 16 vs. West Coast. The Cougars are 20-43 ATS in their last 63 neutral site games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Hawaii has shown the ability to defend the three-ball well and has enough scoring depth to give BYU a run. The Cougars haven't been blowing many teams out and looks lost at times. I'll take my chances with the Warriors and the points.