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BYU vs. Utah State - 12/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah State Aggies (7-1) at BYU Cougars (5-4)
Date & Time Wednesday December 5, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: BYU Cougars -2 -- Over/Under: 160
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NCAA BB | Utah State Aggies (7-1) at BYU Cougars (5-4)
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The Utah State Aggies and the BYU Cougars meet in college basketball action from the Marriott Center on Wednesday night.

The Utah State Aggies will be looking to build on back-to-back wins and a 7-1 start to the year after an 89-65 win over UC-Irvine in their last outing. Quinn Taylor led the Aggies with 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 5 threes and 6 rebounds while Sam Merrill came right behind with 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 7 assists. Neemias Queta added 11 points and 19 rebounds for a monster double-double while Dwayne Brown Jr. chipped in 10 poitns on 4 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes and 3 steals to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Utah State in the win. Merrill leads Utah State with an average of 21.2 points and 4.4 assists per game while Queta leads the Aggies on the glass with 8.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 85.2 points per game on 49.2% shooting from the field, 38.4% from behind the arc and 79.9% from the foul line this season.

The BYU Cougars will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak following a 113-103 loss to Weber State in their last outing. Yoeli Childs led the Cougars with 31 points on 13 of 23 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 7 rebounds with a pair of blocks. Jahshire Hardnett added 24 points on 11 of 15 shooting as the only other BYU player to finish in double figures scoring in the losing effort. Childs leads BYU by averaging a double-double per game with an average of 22 points and 11.9 rebounds per game while TJ Haws leads the Cougars in assists with 5 assists per game this season. As a team, BYU is averaging 84.7 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 28.3% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

Utah State is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a win while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the WCC. BYU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Mountain West. Utah State is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The Aggies have had no success ATS against BYU over the last few years, but I think this low line just goes to speak to how well Utah State has played this season. They’re not world-beaters by any means, but beating Montana State and UC-Irvine by a combined 54 points is pretty darn impressive. BYU has shown ability to score, but can’t keep points off of the board and against a Utah State team that’s better defensively and can keep up on offense, that won’t fly. I’ll take the free bucket with Utah state here.

Utah State +2

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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