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Colorado vs. BYU - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

BYU Cougars (6-2) at Colorado Buffaloes (7-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Coors Events Center)

The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: PAC 12 Networks

The BYU Cougars will travel to the Coors Events Center to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The BYU Cougars won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-2 (0-0 WCC) on the season after defeating the Utah State Aggies, 80-68, this past Wednesday. BYU went on a 21-8 run to close the first half with a 39-24 lead and never lead by less than double-digits in the 2nd half. BYU shot 42.9% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Cougars held the Aggies to shoot 35.4% from the field and forced Utah State to commit 13 turnovers. Leading the way for BYU was Chase Fischer who had 24 points 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. On the season, the Cougars have been led by Chase Fischer (16.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.4 spg), and Nick Emery (15.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.0 apg), and Kyle Collinsworth (14.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 7.1 apg, 1.9 spg). Offensively, BYU is averaging 80.6 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field and 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cougars average 7.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.15. Defensively, BYU is allowing their opponents to average 68.0 ppg on 37.55 shooting. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 8.9 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

Colorado vs. BYU - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado Buffaloes won their 7th straight game and improved to 7-1 (0-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Colorado State Rams, 88-77, this past Sunday. Colorado found themselves down by a 52-39 margin at halftime, but was outstanding defensively in the 2nd half outscoring the Rams by a 49-25 margin to secure the victory. Colorado shot 47.0% from the field and protected the ball well as they committed just 7 turnovers. The Buffaloes held the Rams to 40.6% shooting from the field and outrebounded Colorado State by a 42-36 margin. Leading the way for Colorado was Josh Scott who had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. On the season, the Buffaloes have been led by Josh Scott (18.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.3 bpg), George King (15.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg), and Josh Fortune (12.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.1 apg). Offensively, Colorado is averaging 83.9 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field and 42.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Buffaloes is averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.08. Defensively, Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 70.9 ppg on 41.9% shooting. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 11.8and a turnover margin of -3.3.

The Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. The Buffaloes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. West Coast opponents and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.

BYU no longer has Tyler Haws but the Cougars are still a very dangerous offensive team led by Kyle Collinsworth. Colorado lost their season opener against the Iowa State Cyclones but has been on a tear since behind an offense that is shoot well from both the field and three-point range. Colorado has one of the best big men in the country and Josh Scott and although BYU is playing well, I don’t think their defense will be up to task stopping the Buffaloes on their home court. I’m taking Colorado to cover.  

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