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BYU Cougars face Portland Pilots: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

BYU CougarsPortland Pilots
Jan 26, 10:30 PM | Chiles Center

BYU Cougars vs Portland Pilots Odds


College hoops betting interest focuses on the Portland vs BYU battle Saturday at Chiles Center as the Pilots look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Pilots sit at 8-13 (5-11 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Cougars are currently 15-6 (10-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Portland is 3-8 OU, and BYU is 4-10-1 OU.

View BYU vs Portland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Pilots installed as 10-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 178-rated Pilots and the No. 31-ranked Cougars, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 78-63 result in favor of the Cougars.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cougars rank No. 20 in NCAA Division 1 with 40 per game. That compares with Portland’s No. 147 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Portland is college basketball's No. 328-ranked team at 4.1 per game, while the Cougars rate No. 209 with 5.9 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, BYU owns the country's No. 313-rated mark, allowing 77.4 points per game on the highway. Portland, on the other hand, rates No. 302 in scoring at home.

In their last action, BYU was an 83-63 loser on the road against Gonzaga. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as underdogs. The Cougars were hammered by Gonzaga on Thursday, losing by an 83-63 final at McCarthey Athletic Center in college basketball betting action.

Portland was a 75-72 loser in their most recent outing at home against San Francisco. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Pilots endured a 75-72 loss at the hands of the Dons on Thursday, despite a 23-point effort from Ryan Nicholas at Chiles Center.

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Pepperdine are 7-1
After playing Gonzaga are 3-1
After a loss are 9-1

Portland Pilots Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing Santa Clara are 3-7
After playing San Francisco are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Cougars at Pilots trends to consider:
BYU is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
BYU is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing BYU
Portland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Portland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
Portland is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
BYU at Pepperdine, Thursday, January 31
Portland at Santa Clara, Thursday, January 31