Pacific Tigers vs. BYU Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/13/14
BYU Cougars (17-9) at Pacific Tigers (13-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Spanos Center)
The Line: Pacific Tigers +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: BYU eyes five straight victories when they take the road to square off with Pacific Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Cougars improved to 9-4 for 2nd place in the WCC after topping San Francisco 68-63 Saturday. BYU was outdone from the field 49.1 percent to 41.7 percent and from outside the arc 35.7 percent to 28.6 percent, but dominated the boards 47-29 and forced 13 turnovers. Junior G Tyler Haws scored 19 points on 7 of 20 shooting, sophomore G Kyle Collinsworth had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, and freshman F Eric Mika added 13 points and 13 rebounds. On the season, BYU is averaging 86.7 ppg on 46.9 percent shooting. Haws leads the team in scoring with 24.5 ppg, followed by Collinsworth at 14.3 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Pacific sits in 7th place in the conference at 4-8 and comes in off an 82-72 victory over Loyola Marymount Saturday. The Tigers shot an accurate 50.0 percent from the floor and connected on 11 of 26 from outside the arc to Lions’ 45.5 percent from the field and 9 of 21 from distance. Pacific also came away with a 32-26 advantage on the boards and converted on 21 of 26 from the free throw line. Freshman G T.J. Wallace scored a game-high 22 points off the bench, senior G Sama Taku had 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting, and senior G Andrew Bock added 12 points and 5 assists. Through 23 games, the Tigers are averaging 75.6 ppg on 45.1 percent shooting. Bock leads the team in scoring with 12.4 ppg, followed by senior F Tony Gill at 11.4 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -3.5 for BYU. The Cougars scored a ten point road victory over Pacific two weeks ago and they’ve been on a tear, averaging 82.25 ppg during their four-game winning streak. Look for BYU to cover.