Pepperdine vs. BYU - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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BYU Cougars (23-7) at Pepperdine Waves (15-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Line: Pepperdine Waves +8.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5
The BYU Cougars and the Pepperdine Waves meet in college basketball action from Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday.
BYU enters this one at 23-7 so far. It’s been an eight-game win streak for BYU, beating Pepperdine, Saint Mary’s, Portland, San Francisco, LMU, San Diego, Santa Clara and Gonzaga in that time.
In the win over Gonzaga, BYU’s top scorer was Yoeli Childs with 28 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Jake Toolson added 17 points, six assists and three rebounds there, and TJ Haws chipped in 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
Over on the Pepperdine side, they’re 15-14 this year. In their last five, Pepperdine is 2-3, with wins over San Diego and Portland alongside losses to Pacific, Gonzaga and San Francisco.
In the loss to the Dons, Pepperdine’s Colbey Ross led the team on 20 points with seven assists and three rebounds. Both Kessler Edwards (12 points; 11 rebounds) and Kameron Edwards (11 points; 10 rebounds; two assists) posted double-doubles in that game as well.
Pepperdine is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five after an ATS win. Pepperdine is 1-4 ATS in their last five after an ATS win and the over is 4-1-1 in the last six home games.
Meanwhile, BYU is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall and the over is 8-3 in their last 11 after a straight-up win. The under is 4-1 in BYU’s last five road games and the over is 10-4 in their last 14 overall.
BYU is on a great roll right now. During this eight-game winning streak, they’ve put up at least 72 points in each outing. Add that to the fact that BYU just pummeled a great Gonzaga team 91-78 in their last game, and you’ve got one of the hottest squads in the nation.
As for Pepperdine, they’re a pretty good scoring team this season, but they tend to let teams get away from them at times in higher-scoring games. Considering how well BYU has been playing, I can’t find too many reasons not to pick that way here.