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Pepperdine vs. South Alabama - 12/15/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Alabama Jaguars (2-4) at Pepperdine Waves (5-2)

College Basketball: Monday, December 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)

The Line: Pepperdine Waves -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The South Alabama Jaguars and Pepperdine Waves play Monday night at the Firestone Fieldhouse.

The South Alabama Jaguars have lost four of their last five games and play their fourth true road contest. On the season, South Alabama is averaging 63.5 points on 38.5 percent shooting and is allowing 72.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Ken Williams is averaging 11.5 points and 2.3 assists while Taishaun Johnson is averaging 10.8 points and 3.7 rebounds. Barrington Stevens is averaging 3.2 assists per game and John Brown is shooting 38.8 percent from the field. The South Alabama Jaguars are a poor offensive team that’s shooting just 61.8 percent from the free throw line and 29.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Jaguars strength are their 38.8 rebounds per contest. Defensively, South Alabama is forcing 12 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 31 percent shooting from downtown.

Pepperdine vs. South Alabama - 12/15/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pepperdine Waves have split their last four games and return from a two-game road trip. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 71.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 64.8 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Stacy Davis leads the Waves with 16.1 points and 8.7 rebounds while Jett Raines is averaging 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. Jeremy Major is averaging 4.1 assists per game and Atif Russell is shooting 52.4 percent from the field. The Pepperdine Waves are a solid offensive team that’s shooting 73.2 percent from the line and 35.8 percent from deep. The Waves are also a solid rebound team, averaging 37.4 rebounds per contest. Defensively, Pepperdine is forcing 13 turnovers and holding teams to 18.9 percent shooting from deep.

The Jaguars are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Waves are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. 

Hard to bet against the Pepperdine Waves with the way they've been covering the number, especially this season. The Jags don't have enough firepower on the offensive end to keep this game close, which makes the Waves the pick here by double digits. 

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Pepperdine Waves -12

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