BYU Cougars vs. San Francisco Dons Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/10/14
San Francisco Dons (21-10) at BYU Cougars (22-10)
College Basketball: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: BYU Cougars -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
Storyline: Second-seeded BYU squares off with #3 seed San Francisco Monday in a West Coast Conference Tournament semifinal from Las Vegas.
The Breakdown: The Cougars moved to the semifinal round after topping Loyola Marymount 85-74 Saturday behind a career-high 23 points and 16 rebounds from sophomore G Kyle Collinsworth. BYU also got big contributions from junior G Tyler Haws, who had 22 points and 6 boards and junior G Anson Winder with 16 points and 6 steals. The Cougars connected on 30 of 65 from the floor, but couldn’t buy a bucket from outside the arc, going 0 for 12. BYU, however, converted 25 of 36 from the free throw line and forced 16 turnovers. The Cougars essentially led wire to wire, going up by as many as 18 points first half before the Lions were able to trim the lead to 43-36 at the break. BYU was never threatened in the second half, however, swelling the advantage to as many as 15 points and never letting it dip below 10.
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Meanwhile, San Francisco’s quarterfinal against San Diego was only in hand late in the game as the Dons finally seized control with just over five minutes left en route to a 69-60 victory. Sophomore G Avry Holmes scored a game-high 19 points, including 3 of 6 from downtown, sophomore G Tim Derksen had 15 points and 6 rebounds off the bench, and senior F Cole Dickerson added 14 points and 8 boards. San Francisco outshot the Toreros from the floor 42.6 percent to 37.3 percent and from outside the arc 41.7 percent to 32.3 percent, while also converting 22 of 30 from the stripe and finishing with a 37-28 advantage on the glass.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -5 for BYU. The Cougars swept the season series with San Francisco, with narrow victories in both contests. Both shot over 40 percent from the floor both games, while they split as far as rebounds and three-point percentages. BYU has more weaponry, though, so look for them to cover.