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BYU vs. Pacific - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pacific at BYU
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Marriott Center
Provo, Utah
The Line
The Line: BYU -12 -- Over/Under: 145.5
TV Channel
BYU TV
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The Pacific Tigers and BYU Cougars meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Marriott Center.

The Pacific Tigers need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Pacific Tigers are averaging 68.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Roberto Gallinat is averaging 14.9 points and 2.8 rebounds while Lafayette Dorsey is averaging 11.7 points and 1.1 assists. Jahlil Tripp is the third double-digit scorer and Ajare Sanni is dishing 1.1 assists. The Pacific Tigers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Pacific Tigers are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Pacific Tigers have lost seven of their last nine road games.

The BYU Cougars look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The BYU Cougars are averaging 80.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Yoeli Childs is averaging 21 points and 9.6 rebounds while TJ Haws is averaging 17.4 points and 4.9 assists. Jahshire Hardnett is dishing 1.7 assists and Zac Seljaas is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The BYU Cougars are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.9 rebounds per game. The BYU Cougars have won 10 of their last 12 home games.

The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Cougars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-0 in Cougars last 6 overall. The under is 7-2 in Tigers last 9 overall.

The BYU Cougars have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Pacific Tigers and most of those games weren't close. This years meeting was decided by three points, but BYU got whatever it wanted offensively and shot 51.9 percent from the field. That's not very comforting now with this game in Provo, a place where the Cougars win by an average of 11.9 points and score an average fo 80 points. The BYU Cougars are 8-5 ATS this season at home and are 6-3 ATS when a double-digit favorite. I'm just not convinced the Pacific Tigers have the offensive firepower to hang with a BYU team that usually lights it up offensively on its home court.

Pick:
BYU -12

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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