BYU at Pepperdine 1/17/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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BYU Cougars vs. Pepperdine Waves
NCAAB: 11:00 PM EST
Jan. 17, 2019
Latest Odds : BYU -2.5 Total 161.5
The BYU Cougars visit Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, California on Thursday to play the Pepperdine Waves. BYU improved to 11-8 on Saturday with an 80-74 win over Santa Clara. The Cougars were led by Yoeli Childs who scored 27 points, while TJ Haws scored 16 including an important 3-pointer late in the game to hold off the Broncos.
Pepperdine evened its record at 9-9 on Saturday with a 76-71 win over San Diego. The Waves were led by Colbey Ross who scored 27 points while Kameron Edwards chipped in with 23 points. The Waves took control over the final four minutes of the game to secure the win.
Yoeli Childs is leading BYU in scoring and rebounding with averages of 22.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Two other players, TJ Haws (17.1 ppg.) and Jahshire Hardnett (10.9 ppg.) are averaging double figures. Haws is leading the Cougars in assists with an average of 5.1 per game. BYU is shooting 47.8% from the field and 32.2% from 3-point territory.
Colbey Ross leads Pepperdine in scoring and assists with averages of 19.0 points and 7.2 assists per game. Kameron Edwards is the second leading scorer and leader in rebounds with averages of 16.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Pepperdine is shooting 44.5% from the field and 36.8% from 3-point territory.
Recent Betting Trends:
BYU is 1-6 ATS in its last 7
The OVER has cashed in 9 of the Cougars last 13 in West Coast Conference play
Pepperdine is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 at home
The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Waves last 5 at home
Free Betting Pick: Pepperdine Waves +2.5
This will be a close game with the home court advantage of Pepperdine playing a big role in the outcome. The Waves have covered 7 of the last 8 on their home court. Pepperdine has covered the spread in 9 of the last 11 overall against BYU and each of the last 7 at home versus the Cougars. Final Score Prediction, Pepperdine Waves win and cover ATS 84-81.