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BYU vs Long Beach State 3/16/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Long Beach State Beach (20-12) vs. BYU Cougars (22-10)
March 16, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: BYU Cougars -11.5 ; Over/Under: 149
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The Long Beach State Beach and the BYU Cougars meet Wednesday in NIT college basketball action from Marriott Center. Long Beach State is 20-12 overall this year. The Beach lost to CSU Fullerton in their last game. As for BYU, they’re sitting at 22-10 so far and lost to San Francisco in their most recent outing. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

Long Beach State got off to a rough 4-9 start this year. The Beach have turned things around in conference play though; they’ve lost just three games since January 8. Long Beach State had a recent four-game win streak snapped by CSU Fullerton in the conference tourney. 

On Saturday matched up against the Titans, the Beach trailed 31-32 at halftime. Long Beach State kept the pace from there but ended up losing 72-71 in a tough outcome. Joel Murray was the leading scorer on the team with 24 points and four boards. 

Over on the BYU side, they’ve only lost consecutive games in one instance this year: a four-game losing streak back in early February. It’s been a 5-2 run for the Cougars since then; they’ve fallen to Saint Mary’s and San Francisco in that stretch. 

On Saturday versus San Francisco, the Cougars trailed by three points going into the second half. BYU was outscored 39-48 from there in a 75-63 loss. Alex Barcello was tops on 18 points, and Fousseyni Traore put up 16 points with 12 boards. 

The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last five after a straight-up loss. and 2-5 ATS in their last seven Wednesday games. BYU is 2-7 ATS in their last nine after an ATS loss. 

Meanwhile, the Beach are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 overall and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games. LBSU is 1-3-1 ATS in their last five Wednesday games. 

PICK: I’m going to take a stab on the Beach. LBSU started out the year on a sketchy run but they’ve been able to find their rhythm over the last couple of months. The Beach took CSU Fullerton to the limit, and very nearly pulled off an excellent win in their last game. 

As for BYU, they should match up well here. The Cougars had a three-game run with 75 or more points in each outing, and I think they’ll finish around that mark here as well. Should be a fun and fairly high-scoring matchup, and I think the Beach can power out the cover. 

Andrew's Free Pick:
Long Beach State Beach +11.5
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