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Pepperdine vs. BYU - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
BYU at Pepperdine
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Location
Firestone Fieldhouse
Malibu, CA
The Line
BYU Cougars -2.5 -- Over/Under: 161.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The BYU Cougars and the Pepperdine Waves meet in WCC conference college basketball action from the Firestone Fieldhouse on Thursday night.

The BYU Cougars will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 80-74 win over Santa Clara in their last outing. Yoeli Childs led the Cougars with 27 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 3 threes and 6 rebounds along with a pair of steals while TJ Haws added 16 points on 4 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and a 6 of 7 mark from the foul line along with a team-high 8 assists and a pair of steals. Luke Worthington added 13 points and a pair of steals to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Cougars as well in the winning effort. Childs leads BYU by averaging a double-double per game with a team-high 22.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while Haws leads the Cougars in assists with 5.1 assists per game this season. As a team, BYU is averaging 83.3 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 32.2% from 3-point range and 73.8% from the foul line this season.

The Pepperdine Waves come into this game looking to add on a 76-71 win over San Diego last time out. Colbey Ross led the Waves with 27 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 3 threes and 6 rebounds with a team-high 3 assists while Kameron Edwards added 21 points on 7 of 10 shooting with an 8 of 11 mark from the foul line and a team-high 8 rebounds. Kessler Edwards added 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 3 threes to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Pepperdine in the winning effort. Ross leads Pepperdine with an average of 19 points and 7.2 assists per game while Jade’ Smith is the Waves’ leading rebounder with 6.4 boards per game this season. As a team, Pepperdine is averaging 77.9 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 36.8% from behind the 3-point line and 74.4% from the foul line this season.

BYU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Pepperdine is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 conference games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. BYU is 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Pepperdine.

I think it’s safe to make the assumption here that the Cougars are the better team offensively in this matchup. However, the Cougars have a history of struggling against Pepperdine, covering in just 2 of the last 11 meetings and failing to cover in each of their last 7 trips to the Firestone Fieldhouse. The Cougars haven’t done much to impress me personally this season, so given the history between these two teams, I’ll take the free bucket with Pepperdine in a game that the Waves have a good chance at winning outright.

Pick:
Pepperdine +2.5

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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