BYU vs Pepperdine College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/23/21

BYU vs Pepperdine College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/23/21 Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Pepperdine Waves (6-6) at BYU Cougars (12-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Marriott Center)

The Line: BYU Cougars -12 -- Over/Under: 147 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Pepperdine Waves and the BYU Cougars meet in college basketball action from the Marriott Center on Saturday night.

The Pepperdine Waves will look to build on their 85-68 win pver Pepperdine last time out. Kessler Edwards leads the waves in scoring and rebounding with 18.9 PPG and 6.4 RPG while Colbey Ross has 15.9 PPG with a team-high 7.8 RPG to make up the duo of double-digit scorers for Pepperdine coming into this game. Kene Chukwuka has 9.4 PPG with 5.3 RPG while Jade’ Smith has 2.2 APG and Sedrick Altman has 2.6 APG this season. As a team, Pepperdine is averaging 78 PPG on 46.6% shooting from the field, 31.6% from 3-point range and 80.3% from 3-point range while giving up 74.2 PPG on 43.6% shooting from the field and 28.1% from 3-point range this season.

The BYU Cougars will look to build on their 95-67 beatdown over Portland last time out. Alex Barcello leads the Cougars in scoring and assists with 15.9 PPG with 4.5 APG with 4.5 RPG while Matt Haarms has 11.9 PPG with 4.2 RPG. Brandon Averette has 10.1 PPG with 3 APG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for BYU up to this point in the year. Richard Harward has 7.6 PPG with 5.1 RPG while Caleb Lohner has a team-high 6.7 RPG this season. As a team, BYU is averaging 77.7 PPG on 47.8% shooting from the field, 35.1% from 3-point range and 70.3% from the foul line while giving up 67.3 PPG on 40.6% shooting from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range this season.

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Pepperdine is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. BYU is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

I get the case you could make for Pepperdine and the points as the Waves have done a good job covering the number and are in 2nd place in the WCC right now. However, the Waves will have a tough test here with BYU, possibly the toughest test aside from Gonzaga as the Cougars just do it all on both ends of the floor right now. I just think BYU pulls away in the second half and covers this double-digit spread so I’ll lay the points with the Cougars in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick BYU -12

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