Pepperdine Waves vs. BYU Cougars - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (17-7) at Pepperdine Waves (14-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 11:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Line: Pepperdine Waves +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Sportsnet / ROOT Sports
The BYU Cougars will travel to Firestone Fieldhouse to take on the Pepperdine Waves this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The BYU Cougars improved to 17-7 (7-4 WCC) on the season after defeating the Santa Clara Broncos, 78-57 this past Saturday. BYU shot 51.7% (15-29) from beyond the arc and held Santa Clara to 18.2% (4-22) from three-point range in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Tyler Haws who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. BYU is ranked 63rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 81st ranked SOS. On the season, the Cougars have been led by Tyler Haws (22.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg) and Kyle Collinsworth (12.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 5.7 apg). Offensively, BYU is averaging 85.3 ppg (ranked 1st) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 44th). The Cougars average 9.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 15th) on 38.4% three-point shooting (ranked 37th). Defensively, BYU is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg (ranked 319th) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 197th). The Cougars are holding teams to 32.1% three-point shooting (ranked 98th) and have a rebound margin of 4.3 (ranked 54th).
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The Pepperdine Waves improved to 14-8 (7-4 WCC) on the season after upsetting the Saint Mary’s Gaels, 67-62, this past Saturday. Pepperdine shot 52.0% from the field and committed only 6 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Waves with Stacy Davis who had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Pepperdine is ranked 129th in the RPI Standings and has played the 241st ranked SOS. On the season, the Waves have been led by Stacy Davis (15.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Jett Raines (11.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg). Offensively, Pepperdine is averaging 66.0 ppg (ranked 210th) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 197th). The Waves shoot 76.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 8th) and average 14.1 apg (ranked 77th). Defensively, Pepperdine is holding their opponents to an average of 61.5 ppg (ranked 66th) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 93rd). The Waves are holding teams to 26.7% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 3rd) and pull down 24.91 defensive rpg (ranked 98th).
The Cougars are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 3-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Waves are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 14-4-2 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
BYU is the most explosive offensive team in the country however, really struggled against the Waves in their 67-61 loss to Pepperdine at home in early January. Pepperdine looked impressive against Saint Mary’s and I really like how their defensive can really defend against the long-range shot. I took Pepperdine and the points in the first match-up and I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t do that again. I think Pepperdine wins outright in this one. Take Pepperdine and the points.