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BYU vs. Portland - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Pilots (12-17) at BYU Cougars (21-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 11:00 pm (Marriott Center)

The Line: BYU Cougars -16.5 -- Over/Under: 170.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The BYU Cougars and the Portland Pilots face off on Thursday in WCC college basketball action.

The BYU Cougars are 21-8 this season and they have won their last four games and seven of their last eight. BYU is averaging 83.5 points per game and they are shooting 46.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 72.4 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Chase Fischer leads the Cougars averaging 18 points per game. Nick Emery is averaging 16 points, Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 15.2 points and 8.0 rebounds, and Kyle Davis is averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. BYU is 13-1 at home and 12-4 in the WCC.

BYU vs. Portland - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Pilots are 12-17 this season and they are coming off of a win over Pacific that ended a two game losing skid. Portland is averaging 77.2 points per game and they are shooting 43.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 78.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44.9 percent. Alec Wintering leads the Pilots averaging 18.9 points and 5.1 assists per game. Bryce Pressley is averaging 13.9 points, D’Marques Tyson is averaging 10.6 points, and Jarrel Marshall is averaging 8.1 points. Portland is 3-7 on the road and 6-10 in the WCC.

BYU is 9-3-1 against the spread in their last 13 home games, 1-6 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-4 against the spread after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game. Portland is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 2-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games against a team with a winning home record.

This is a ton of points and while I don’t love the game I will tepidly lay the number. 

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BYU Cougars -17

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