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BYU Cougars vs. Pepperdine Waves - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pepperdine Waves (9-5) at BYU Cougars (13-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 11:00 pm (Marriott Center)

The Line: BYU Cougars -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Pepperdine Waves will travel to the Marriott Center to take on the BYU Cougars this Thursday night.

The Pepperdine Waves improved to 9-5 (2-1 WCC) on the season after defeating the Pacific Tigers 71-61 this past Saturday. The Waves shot 88.9% (24-27) from the free-throw line and held the Tigers to 25.0% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Pepperdine was Stacy Davis who had 21 points and 5 rebounds. The Waves are currently ranked 211th in the RPI Standings and have played the 327th ranked SOS. On the season, Pepperdine have been led by Stacy Davis (15.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Jett Raines (10.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg). Offensively, the Waves are averaging 67.8 ppg (ranked 173rd) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 184th). Pepperdine shoots 76.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 9th). Defensively, the Waves are holding their opponents to an average of 62.0 ppg (ranked 88th) on 40.5% shooting (ranked 107th). Pepperdine is holding their opponents to 23.6% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 2nd). The Waves are grabbing 25.29 defensive rpg (ranked 106th) and 34.07 total rpg (ranked 216th).

BYU Cougars vs. Pepperdine Waves - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The BYU Cougars won their third straight game and improved to 13-4 (3-1 WCC) on the season after defeating the San Francisco Dons this past Saturday. The Cougars shot 60.0% from the field and 53.6% (15-28) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for BYU was Kyle Collinsworth who had a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. The Cougars are currently ranked 37th in the RPI Standings and has played the 28th ranked SOS. On the season, BYU have been led by Tyler Haws (21.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg) and Kyle Collinsworth (13.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 5.9 apg, 2.2 spg). Offensively, the Cougars are averaging 88.3 ppg (ranked 1st) on 47.6% shooting (ranked 38th). The Cougars average 9.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 11th) on 39.1% shooting (ranked 33rd). Defensively, BYU is allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg (ranked 316th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 184th). The Cougars have a rebound margin of 6.1 which ranks 48th in the country.

The Waves are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. the WCC and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.

The BYU Cougars are the top-ranked scoring team in the country with their high-paced offensive, however, struggle on the defensive end. The Waves haven’t played anyone near the level of BYU but have keep the game within single digits at Arizona State and Saint Mary’s. I think that Pepperdine comes up with a game plan to keep the Cougars in check from behind the arc and keep this game within the spread. Take Pepperdine and the points. 

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