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BYU Cougars vs. San Francisco Dons - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Dons (9-12) at BYU Cougars (15-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:00 pm (Marriott Center)

BYU Cougars -13.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The San Francisco Dons will travel to the Marriott Center to take on the BYU Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The San Francisco Dons dropped to 9-12 (3-6 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Loyola Marymount Lions 70-69 this past Saturday. San Francisco shot only 15.4% (2-13) from beyond the arc and blew a 13 point halftime lead in the loss. Leading the way for the Dons was Kruize Pinkins who had 19 points and 7 rebounds. San Francisco is ranked 191st in the RPI Standings and has played the 90th ranked SOS. On the season, the Dons have been led by Kruize Pinkins (15.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Mark Tolefsen (14.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg). Offensively, San Francisco is averaging 71.2 ppg (ranked 91st) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 58th). The Dons are shooting 36.7% from beyond the arc (ranked 75th) and have a 1.23 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 54th). San Francisco is allowing their opponents to average 67.8 ppg (ranked 215th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 186th). The Dons commit only 11.8 turnovers per game (ranked 72nd) and have a rebound margin of 3.3 (ranked 89th).

BYU Cougars vs. San Francisco Dons -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The BYU Cougars lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 15-7 (5-4 WCC) on the season after losing 77-74 to the San Diego Toreros this past Saturday. BYU shot 44.4% from the field and just 20.0% (3-15) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was Tyler Haws who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists. BYU is ranked 61st in the RPI Standings and has played the 65th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cougars have been led by Tyler Haws (22.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg) and Kyle Collinsworth (12.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 5.8 apg, 2.1 spg). Offensively, BYU is averaging 86.0 ppg (ranked 1st) on 47.3% shooting (ranked 35th). The Cougars average 9.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 14th) on 38.5% three point-shooting (ranked 36th). Defensively, BYU is allowing an average of 74.1 ppg (ranked 328th) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 212th). The Cougars have a turnover margin of 1.6 (ranked 74th) and pull down 38.59 total rpg (ranked 31st).

The Dons are 37-18-1 ATS in their last 56 road games however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss however, just 2-12 ATS in their last 14 home games.

BYU is one of the highest scoring teams in the country however, have been struggled a bit offensively over their past few games away from home. San Francisco had a nice win against Pepperdine recently, however, have really struggled on the road otherwise this season. BYU beat San Francisco by 31 points in San Francisco a few weeks ago and I think BYU will find their touch from beyond arc again at home. Take BYU to cover this large spread. 

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