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Tigers open as college hoops underdog vs Cougars

BYU Cougars Pacific Tigers
17-9 February 13, 2014, 11:00 | Spanos Center 13-10



BYU pays a visit to Pacific on Thursday, hoping to send the Tigers to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Spanos Center.

The Cougars will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 9-14 ATS against the number this season, while the Tigers are 14-8 ATS. BYU is 9-14 on the totals; Pacific is 16-5.

View BYU Cougars vs Pacific Tigers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Tigers installed as 3.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

This game puts the Tigers, most recently No. 138 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cougars, who rate No. 35 in the latest survey.

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Last time out for BYU, they were a 68-63 winner as they battled San Francisco at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 11.5-point favorite. Kyle Collinsworth scored 19 points leading the Cougars to a 68-63 victory over San Francisco at Marriott Center on Saturday.

Pacific was an 82-72 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Loyola Marymount. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Pacific got 22 points from T.J. Wallace en route to an 82-72 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday at Gersten Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pacific's No. 58-ranked scoring average of 75.57 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 249 and allowing 78.46 PPG. The Tigers FG% has averaged 45.11% to date this season, less than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (46.88% per game).

A few Cougars at Tigers trends to consider:
BYU is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
BYU is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of BYU's last 8 games
BYU is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Pacific is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Pacific is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pacific's last 10 games
Pacific is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home


Next up:
BYU at St. Mary's, Saturday, February 15th
Pacific at San Diego, Saturday, February 15th