Ole Miss vs. BYU - 3/17/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mississippi Rebels (20-12) at BYU Cougars (25-9)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9:10 pm (Dayton Arena)
The Line: BYU Cougars -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The BYU Cougars and Ole Miss Rebels meet Tuesday in the play-in game of the NCAA Tournament.
The BYU Cougars were the second-best WCC team and have won eight of their last nine. On the season, BYU is averaging 81.8 points on 46 percent shooting and is allowing 72.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Tyler Haws is averaging 21.9 points and 2.3 assists while Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 14 points and 8.7 rebounds. Anson Winder is grabbing 3.6 rebounds and Chase Fischer is dishing two assists. The BYU Cougars have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 76.8 percent from the line and 38.8 percent from deep. Defensively, BYU is allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in four straight games.
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The Ole Miss Rebels look to get back on track after losing four of their last five. On the season, Ole Miss is averaging 72.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.5 points on 40 percent shooting. Stefan Moody is averaging 16.3 points and 3.5 rebounds while Jarvis Summers is averaging 12.4 points and 4.6 assists. Ladarius White is the third double-digit scorer and Sebastian Saiz is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Ole Miss Rebels have four players averaging at least 7.6 points, and they’re shooting 77.8 percent from the line and 33.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Ole Miss is allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in five of it last eight games.
The Rebels are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
I'm siding with BYU in this gam simply because of its depth offensively. The Cougars can flat out score with the best of them and have also improved on defense as of late. I simply don't think Ole Miss has the horses to hang with BYU's offensive depth.