San Francisco vs. BYU - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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BYU at San Francisco

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11:00 PM (War Memorial Gymnasium)

San Francisco Dons -7 -- Over/Under: 152.5

TV: NBC Sports - Bay Area; AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mtn; https://watchstadium.com

The BYU Cougars will travel to War Memorial Gymnasium to take on the San Francisco Dons this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The BYU Cougars won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-8 (4-1 WCC) on the season after defeating the Pepperdine Waves, 87-76, this past Thursday. BYU was outstanding on the offensive end agianst he Waves and was able to pull away late after closing out the final 2:19 of regulation on a 7-1 run. BYU shot 56.0% from the field and outrebounded Pepperdine by a 38-34 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was TJ Haws who had 34 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.

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On the season, BYU is averaging 83.5 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, BYU has been led by Yoeli Childs (22.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 bpg), TJ Haws (18.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Jahshire Hardnett (10.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), and Zac Seljaas (7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.4 apg).

Defensively, BYU is allowing their opponents to average 78.2 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The San Francisco Dons improved to 15-3 (3-1 WCC) on the season after defeating the Pacific Tigers, 53-52, this past Thursday. San Francisco struggled offensively against the Tigers, however, was able to get the road victory after Charles Minlend made the game-winning FT was just :03 seconds left in regulation. San Francisco held Pacific to just 21.4% shooting from beyond the arc and forced the Tigers into committing 16 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Dons was Jordan Ratinho who had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block.

On the season, San Francisco is averaging 76.7 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Dons are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Francisco has been led by Charles Minlend (15.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), Frankie Ferrari (13.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.7 spg), Jordan Ratinho (10.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg), and Nate Renfro (6.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg, and 1.2 bpg).

Defensively, San Francisco is holding their opponents to an average of 62.6 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Dons have a rebound margin of 6.1 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

The Cougars are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Dons are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

BYU has won 4 of their last 5 games and have been led by their offense that ranks 23rd in scoring offense & 44th in FG%. San Francisco has 8 of their last 10 games and has been solid on both ends of the court as they rank 88th in FG%, 18th in scoring defense, and 38th in defensive FG%.

San Francisco hasn’t looked that impressive overall as of late, however, there is no denying that this is one of the better teams in the WCC and have been great at home posting a 9-1 record. BYU can score with the best with them, however, the defense is a concern for the Cougars as they currently rank 309th in scoring defense. BYU has really struggled ATS on the road recently and as I think the Dons offense will have their way on their home court, I’m taking San Francisco to cover this mid-range home spread.  

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’s Pick San Francisco Dons -7

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.