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BYU vs. Pepperdine - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pepperdine Waves (3-13) at BYU Cougars (13-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Marriott Center)

The Line: BYU Cougars -17.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: BYUTV; ESPN College Extra

The Pepperdine Waves will travel to the Marriott Center to take on the BYU Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Pepperdine Waves lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 3-13 (0-4 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the San Francisco Dons, 80-67, this past Saturday. Pepperdine went into halftime trailing by a 36-32 margin and couldn’t fight back after a 7-0 Dons run gave San Francisco a 70-56 lead with 4:58 left in regulation. Pepperdine allowed San Francisco to shoot 50.0% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 14-7 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Waves was Colbey Ross who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 72.2 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Waves are averaging 5.1 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pepperdine has been led by Kameron Edwards (15.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.1 apg), Colbey Ross (14.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.1 apg), Eric Cooper Jr. (12.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Trae Berhow (9.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg). Defensively, Pepperdine is allowing their opponents to average 79.7 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Waves have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of -2.7.

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BYU vs. Pepperdine - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The BYU Cougars dropped to 13-4 (2-2 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Pacific Tigers, 67-66, this past Saturday. BYU struggled defensively against Pacific and couldn’t fight back after the Tigers took a 64-61 lead with 1:25 left in regulation. BYU allowed Pacific to shoot 52.0% from the field and forced the Tigers into committing only 11 turnovers. Leading the way for the Cougars was Elijah Bryant who had 29 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, BYU is averaging 74.7 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 Elijah Bryant (17.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg), Yoeli Childs (17.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg), TJ Haws (10.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jahshire Hardnett (6.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg). Defensively, BYU is holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 0.5.

The Waves are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. WCC opponents. The Cougars are 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 home games.

Pepperdine continues to struggle on both ends of the court and look like they are in for a long season as the Waves currently rank 235th in scoring offense, 320th in scoring defense, and 331st in defensive FG%. BYU must be upset with their loss against Pacific, however, the Cougars still have had a solid season to date and come into this game ranked 52nd in scoring defense and 58th in FG%. Pepperdine has yet to win on the road this season and as I think the Cougars will come out strong, wanting to bounce back from their loss against the Tigers, I think BYU wins this won by 20 and covers this home spread. 

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