NCAA hoops odds preview - Pepperdine vs. BYU
Pepperdine Waves vs BYU Cougars Odds
Pepperdine travels to BYU on Thursday, hoping to boost its 9-6 record with a victory over the Cougars.
The Waves will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 7-3-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cougars are 7-8 ATS. Pepperdine is 5-3 against the total, while BYU is 4-5-1 versus the number.
The visitors opened as 18.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 29 (Cougars) and the No. 150 (Waves) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 79-69 result in favor of the Cougars has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features BYU's No. 24-ranked scoring average of 79.1 PPG, against a Waves defense rated No. 107 and allowing 63.4 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 45.6% to date this season, more than the Waves shooters have managed so far (44.9% per game).
Defensively, Pepperdine features the nation's No. 101-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.1 points per game. BYU, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 nationally in scoring at home.
Pepperdine won its last outing, a 54-47 result against Portland on January 5. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. Pepperdine got 14 points from Stacy Davis en route to a 54-47 victory over Portland on Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Last time out for BYU, they were an 80-76 winner as they battled San Francisco on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5-point favorite. Matt Carlino scored 22 points leading the Cougars to an 80-76 victory over San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday.
Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing San Diego are 4-6
After playing Portland are 4-6
After a win are 5-5
BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Santa Clara are 4-0
After playing San Francisco are 4-2
After a win are 7-3
A few Waves at Cougars trends to consider:
Pepperdine is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Pepperdine is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games on the road
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pepperdine
BYU is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of BYU's last 5 games when playing Pepperdine
Pepperdine home to San Diego, Saturday, January 12
BYU at Santa Clara, Saturday, January 12