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BYU vs. San Francisco - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco at BYU
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Marriott Center
Provo, UT
The Line
BYU Cougars -3.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5
TV Channel
BYUtv
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The San Francisco Dons will travel to the Marriott Center to take on the BYU Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The San Francisco Dons won their 3rd straight game and improved to 20-6 (8-4 WCC) on the season after defeating the Portland Pilots, 68-63 in OT, this past Saturday. San Francisco had trouble on the offensive end in regulation against the Pilots, have the Dons found their offensive rhythm in the extra period and was able to pull away after taking a 63-58 lead with 2:21 left in OT. San Francisco held Portland to just 37.9% shooting from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Dons was Frankie Ferrari who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, San Francisco is averaging 76.3 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Dons are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Francisco has been led by Charles Minlend (14.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg), Frankie Ferrari (14.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Jordan Ratinho (9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Matt McCarthy (9.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg).

Defensively, San Francisco is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Dons have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The BYU Cougars won 5th straight game and improved to 18-10 (10-3 WCC) on the season after defeating the Loyola Marymount Lions, 70-62, this past Saturday. BYU trailed by a 36-30 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and was able to pull away after a 14-0 Cougars run gave BYU a 66-58 lead with just :51 seconds left in regulation. BYU shot 48.9% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Yoeli Childs who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

On the season, BYU is averaging 80.1 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, BYU has been led by Yoeli Childs (21.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), TJ Haws (17.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Jahshire Hardnett (9.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Connor Harding (6.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.3 apg).

Defensively, BYU is allowing their opponents to average 75.1 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Dons are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS loss and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

San Francisco has won 6 of their last 9 games come into this match-up ranked 94th in scoring offense, 53rd in FG%, and 42nd in scoring defense.

BYU has won 9 of their last 11 games and currently rank 37th in scoring offense, 46th in FG%, and 263rd in scoring defense.

San Francisco hasn’t been overly impressive on the road as of late, however, this is still a very solid team that his raked up 20 wins on the season and has been above average on both ends of the court. BYU has been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late and come into this game 12-2 at home, however, the high-scoring BYU offense had no answers for the Dons in their first match-up the season as the Cougars lost on the road by an 82-63 margin and as I think the San Francisco defense can give BYU some trouble again, I’m taking the Dons and the points in this one.

Pick:
San Francisco Dons +3.5

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