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Pacific vs. BYU - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

BYU Cougars (13-3) at Pacific Tigers (6-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Spanos Center)

The Line: Pacific Tigers +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BYU TV; ESPN College Extra

The BYU Cougars will travel to the Alex G. Spanos Center to take on the Pacific Tigers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The BYU Cougars improved to 13-3 (2-1 WCC) on the season after defeating the San Francisco Dons, 69-59, this past Thursday night. BYU led by a 33-26 margin at halftime and pulled away late after finishing the last 7:46 of regulation on a 15-4 run. BYU shot 51.1% from the field and 33.3% (5-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Elijah Bryant who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, BYU is averaging 75.3 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, BYU has been led by Yoeli Childs (17.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg, 2.1 bpg), Elijah Bryant (16.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.4 spg), TJ Haws (11.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.0 spg), and McKay Cannon (6.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.7 spg). Defensively, BYU is holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 0.8.

Pacific vs. BYU - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pacific Tigers dropped to 6-10 (1-2 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Saint Mary’s Gaels, 74-56, this past Thursday night. Pacific couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end against the Gaels, and couldn’t fight back after a Saint Mary’s took a 63-47 lead with 6:48 left in regulation. Pacific shot 40.4% from the field and 26.7% (4-15) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jahlil Tripp who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, Pacific is averaging 72.8 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 4.4 three-pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pacific has been led by Roberto Gallinat (13.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.0 apg), Miles Reynolds (11.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Anthony Townes (9.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 spg), and Jahlil Tripp (9.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Pacific is allowing their opponents to average 76.6 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 1.6 and turnover margin of 0.3.

The Cougars are 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 Saturday games and 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS win. The Tigers are 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. WCC opponents however, are just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games.

BYU has had a nice start to their season and as been decent on both ends of the court as the Cougars currently rank 53rd in scoring defense, 60th in FG%, and 62nd in FT%. Pacific has lost 6 of their last 7 games and hasn’t found much success on either the offensive or defensive side of the ball as the Tigers rank 224th in scoring offense and 271st in scoring defense. Pacific is just 4-4 at home this season and as I liked how BYU looked in a double-digit road victory over a better San Francisco team, I’m taking BYU to cover this road spread. 

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