BYU vs. Portland - 3/9/15 WCC Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Pilots (17-14) at BYU Cougars (24-8)
College Basketball: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11:30 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: BYU Cougars -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Portland Pilots and BYU Cougars square off Monday night in the WCC semifinal.
The Portland Pilots look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Portland is averaging 69.7 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 68.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Kevin Bailey is averaging 14.5 points and 1.9 assists while Alec Wintering is averaging 12.6 points and 5.8 assists. Thomas van der Mars is the third double-digit scorer and Volodymyr Gerun is grabbing six rebounds. The Portland Pilots have four players averaging at least 8.3 points, and they’re shooting 71.1 percent from the line and 38.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Portland is allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in six of its last 10 games.
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The BYU Cougars look to build on their seven-game winning streak. On the season, BYU is averaging 82 points on 46 percent shooting and is allowing 72.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Tyler Haws is averaging 22.2 points and 2.2 assists while Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds. Anson Winder is grabbing 3.6 rebounds and Chase Fischer is dishing two assists. The BYU Cougars have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 76.8 percent from the line and 38.5 percent from deep. Defensively, BYU is allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or more points in five of its last eight games.
The Pilots are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cougars are 16-35 ATS in their last 51 neutral site games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
BYU beat Portland both times this season rather easily, but the Cougars lack of defense forces me to shy away from them. BYU has allowed 70 or more points in back-to-back games, which is why I'm siding with the points here.