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Pilots visit BYU Cougars in college basketball clash

Portland PilotsBYU Cougars
Feb 25, 6:00 PM | Marriott Center

Portland Pilots vs BYU Cougars Odds

6-22TEAM RECORD23-7

Portland pays a visit to BYU on Saturday, hoping to send the Cougars to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Marriott Center.

The Pilots will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 11-16 ATS against the number this season, while the Cougars are 14-12 ATS. Portland is 14-13 on the totals; BYU is 11-15.

View Portland vs BYU Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Cougars installed as 22-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 12-ranked Cougars and the No. 305-rated Pilots in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 84-60 win for the Cougars on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and BYU has the nation's No. 13-rated offensive output, at 79.1 PPG. The visiting Pilots defense ranks No. 330 allowing on average 75.9 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 46.8% so far, more than the Pilots marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.4% per game.

Defensively, Portland features the nation's No. 333-rated defense on the road, allowing 80.6 points per game. BYU, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 nationally in scoring at home.

Portland was a 70-43 loser in their most recent outing at home against St. Mary's. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as underdogs. Portland was crushed on Thursday, getting blown out by St. Mary's and falling by a 70-43 score at Chiles Center.

Last time out for BYU, they were a 74-63 loser as they battled Gonzaga on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. The Cougars got a 23-point effort from Brandon Davies, who added 10 rebounds, but Gonzaga still managed to defeat BYU 74-63 Thursday at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Portland Pilots Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
After playing St. Mary's are 3-7
After a loss are 1-9

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing Gonzaga are 1-1
After a loss are 10-0

A few Pilots at Cougars trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Portland's last 16 games on the road
Portland is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
Portland is 1-15 SU in its last 16 games on the road
BYU is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
BYU is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of BYU's last 15 games

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