BYU vs. Princeton - 11/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Princeton Tigers (0-0) at BYU Cougars (0-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Marriott Center)
The Line: BYU Cougars -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Princeton Tigers and BYU Cougars clash Monday night in college basketball action at the Marriott Center on ESPN2.
The Princeton Tigers hope they can build on a season in which they won 22 games and made the first round of the NIT. Henry Caruso returns after averaging 15 points and 6.2 rebounds while Steven Cook averaged 11.7 points and 1.7 assists. Devin Cannady was a third double-digit scorer and Spencer Weisz dished 3.9 assists per game. Princeton has to be thinking about an NCAA Tournament berth with its top 12 scorers from last year returning, which includes four double-digit scorers. The Princeton Tigers have six seniors and 11 upperclassmen overall. Princeton is going to win a lot of games this year and should be the favorite to win the Ivy League. The Princeton Tigers has won six of their last nine road games.
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The BYU Cougars look to build on last years 26 victories in which they made the NIT semifinals. Nick Emery returns after averaging 16.3 points and 2.5 assists while Kyle Davis averaged 11.9 points and 7.5 rebounds. Corbin Kaufusi grabbed 4.5 rebounds per game and Jamal Aytes played 186 minutes last season. BYU is going to have to replace two big time players in Chase Fischer and Kyle Collinsworth, and the COugars are extremely young this season. However, Emery is a big time offensive player and BYU has a very good coach in Dave Rose. It’s a transitioning year for the young BYU Cougars, but I wouldn’ count them out just yet. The BYU Cougars have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Monday games. The over is 7-2 in Cougars last 9 non-conference games and the over is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 road games.
I really like Princeton's roster and expect the Tigers to make the big dance with their combination of experience and talent. However, BYU is tough to beat at home and will still have the best player on the court in Emery. I give the edge to BYU at home, although I wouldn't sleep on Princeton.