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Portland vs. BYU - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

BYU Cougars (21-8) at Portland Pilots (16-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)

The Line: Portland Pilots +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Northwest

The Portland Pilots and the BYU Cougars face off on Thursday at the Chiles Center in West Coast Conference college basketball action.

The Portland Pilots are 16-12 this season and they are coming off of back-to-back losses. Portland is averaging 70.5 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Kevin Bailey leads the Pilots averaging 13.8 points per game. Alec Wintering is averaging 12.5 points and 5.9 assists, Thomas van der mars is averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds, and Volodymyr Gerun is averaging 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Portland is 9-4 at home and 7-9 in WCC play.

Portland vs. BYU - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The BYU Cougars are 21-8 this season and they have won six of their last seven games. BYU is averaging 84.4 points and they are shooting 46.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.1 points and their opponents are shooting 43.2 percent. Tyler Haws leads the Cougars averaging 22.4 points per game. Anson Winder is averaging 14 points, Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 13.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists, and Chase Fischer is averaging 13.1 points. BYU is 6-3 on the road and 11-5 in WCC games.

Portland is 17-7-2 against the spread following a loss, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 5-2-1 against the spread at home against a team with a winning road record. BYU is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games, and 3-8 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The road team has covered the point spread in seven of the last nine meetings of these two.

I don’t always like offensive teams like BYU on the road but they look to be the right play here. 

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BYU Cougars -4.5

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