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Nevada vs. BYU - 11/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

BYU Cougars (24-11) at Nevada Wolf Pack (29-8)
Date & Time Tuesday November 6, 2018, 11:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack -14 -- Over/Under: 152.5
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NCAA BB | BYU Cougars (24-11) at Nevada Wolf Pack (29-8)
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The BYU Cougars and the Nevada Wolf Pack meet in college basketball action from the Lawlor Events Centre as both kick off their 2018-19 regular season schedules. 

The BYU Cougars will look to build on a fairly successful 2017-18 season that saw the Cougars finish 24-11 overall, including 11-7 in WCC play, finishing in 3rd place and defeating San Diego and Saint Mary’s in the conference tournament before falling to Gonzaga in the conference championship game. The Cougars fell just short of an at-large bid to the big dance, receiving an at-large bid to the NIT where BYU fell to Stanford in the opening round. The big challenge for BYU this season is replacing leading scorer Elijah Bryant who declared for the NBA draft, taking 18.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game with him. Luckily, the Cougars retain the services of Yoeli Childs (17.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and TJ Haws (11.7 ppg, 4.2 apg) for the upcoming season. Only time will tell if this is BYU’s year to take over the West Coast Conference.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to build on another solid season under head coach Eric Musselman after finishing the 2017-18 season with a 29-8 overall record to go along with a 15-3 mark in Mountain West conference play, winning the regular season championship. The Wolf Pack took down UNLV in the conference tournament before falling in the semis to San Diego State. Despite their tournament performance, the Wolf Pack got an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, where Nevada beat Texas and Cincinnati to advance to the sweet sixteen where Cinderella Loyola-Chicago ended Nevada’s run. The Wolf Pack lost Kendall Stephens (13.1 ppg in 2017-18) and Josh Hall (6.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg), but still retain the services of their top three scorers in Jordan Caroline and the Martin brothers, Caleb and Cody, all three of whom combined for 50.6 points, 20.3 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game last season. 

BYU is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against the Mountain West conference and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Nevada is 11-5 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games and 34-16-3 ATS in their last 53 home games while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games overall. 

This is a lot of points to lay with BYU considering that they still have some talent coming back with the likes of Childs and Haws. However, Nevada brings back their strong core that took them to the Big Dance last season, and should be able to pull away in the 2nd half, so I’ll lay the points with Nevada here.

Nevada -14

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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