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BYU Cougars vs. Pacific Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/30/14

Pacific Tigers (11-8) at BYU Cougars (13-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Marriott Center)

The Line: BYU Cougars -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: BYU hopes to halt a two-game slide when they host Pacific at the Marriott Center Thursday.

The Breakdown: The Cougars fell to 4th place in the WCC at a record of 5-4 after suffering their second straight loss at Gonzaga 84-69 Saturday. Brigham Young shot fairly well from the field, hitting 26 of 58, but were handily outdone by the Zags, who shot a stellar 57.4 percent from the floor and connected on 10 of 22 from distance. BYU finished with a 33-26 advantage on the boards and hit 15 of 21 from the free throw line, but struggled from outside the arc, hitting just 2 of 11. Junior G Tyler Hawes scored a team-high 23 points, including 8 of 9 from the stripe, while sophomore G Kyle Collinsworth added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Gonzaga led wire to wire, going up by as many as 8 points in the first half before the Cougars tightened up and closed the gap to 35-33 at the break. The Zags kept in front, however, using a 11-5 run at midway point to open up an advantage that the Cougars were unable to threaten. On the season, BYU ranks second nationally with 87.5 ppg on 47.1 percent shooting and Hawes leads the team with 23.6 ppg.

BYU Cougars vs. Pacific Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/30/14

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Pacific, meanwhile, ended a two-game skid of its own with a 76-66 victory over Pepperdine Saturday, but still sits at the bottom of the conference in last place with a record of 2-6. The Tigers shot a strong 56.0 percent from the field and connected on 7 of 14 from distance to Pepperdine’s 42.1 percent from the floor and 4 of 17 from outside the arc. Pacific outrebounded the Wave 32-29 and forced 17 turnovers, but committed 20 of their own. Senior G Samu Taku scored a game-high 18 points and dished out 4 assists, while senior F Tony Gill added 17 point and 5 boards off the bench. Through 19 games, the Tigers are averaging 75.0 ppg on 44.4 percent shooting and Taku leads the team with 12.4 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: BYU is currently a 13-point home favorite in this one and the Cougars had a three-game skid late in the nonconference end of things that spilled over into the beginning of the conference season so they know the potential dangers looming here. Pacific doesn’t have the guns to hang in this game either. Look for BYU to cover.

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