San Francisco vs. BYU - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (12-3) at San Francisco Dons (9-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 11:00 pm (War Memorial Gymnasium)
The Line: San Francisco Dons +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We close out the college basketball schedule on Thursday night with some action from the West Coast conference as the BYU Cougars face off against the San Francisco Dons.
The BYU Cougars will look to bounce back from their first conference loss of the year, a 74-64 overtime loss to St. Mary’s that snapped BYU’s 9 game winning streak. Yoeli Childs led the team with 29 points on 11 of 23 shooting with a pair of steals and 10 rebounds for the double-double, while Elijah Bryant added 16 points with a share of the team-high with 5 assists and a pair of steals as the only other Cougar to finish in double figures scoring besides Childs. TJ Haws added 7 points and 5 assists, while McKay Cannon added 3 steals. Childs leads BYU with an average of 18.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, while Haws leads the team in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, BYU is scoring 75.7 points per game on 47.7% shooting from the field, 36.6% from behind the arc and 74.6% from the foul line this season.
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The San Francisco Dons will look to build some steam after closing out 2017 with their first conference win of the year, an 84-61 decision over Portland in their last outing. Souley Bout led the team with 26 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 3 triples. Erik Poulsen came 2nd with 14 points, while Chase Foster added 13 points with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Jordan Rating added 12 points consisting of 4 threes to round out the scoring in double figures for the Dons in the win, while Matt McCarthy led the team with 11 rebounds and Frankie Ferrari dished out a team-high 5 assists to go along with his 9 points and a pair of steals. Foster leads San Francisco with an average of 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while Ferrari is the team’s top assist man with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, San Francisco is scoring 69.6 points per game on 40% shooting from the field, 31.8% from behind the arc and 73% from the charity stripe this season.
BYU is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 3-12-2 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-0 in their last 9 road games. San Francisco is 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a win while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 conference matchups. BYU is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at San Francisco.
BYU in my opinion, even on the road is heads and shoulders better than San Francisco here in my opinion, and considering the amount of success that the Cougars have had ATS in the Dons’ backyard, I’m shocked to see that the line is as low as it is, but I’ll take it as a gift. Lay the bucket with BYU on the road here.