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BYU favored by 19.5 against Northern Arizona on Thursday

Northern Arizona LumberjacksBYU Cougars
Dec 27, 9:00 PM | Marriott Center

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs BYU Cougars Odds


College hoops betting interest focuses on the BYU vs Northern Arizona battle Thursday at Marriott Center as the Cougars look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Cougars currently sports a 8-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-7 ATS. The Lumberjacks are 4-7 and 5-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cougars produce a 2-3-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Lumberjacks have gone 4-1 against the number.

View Northern Arizona vs BYU Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 19.5-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:
The Cougars sit at No. 34 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Lumberjacks sit at No. 317 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Cougars will win this game 79-62.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and BYU has the nation's No. 52-rated offensive output, at 76 PPG. The visiting Lumberjacks defense ranks No. 337 allowing on average 77.6 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 44.8% so far, more than the Lumberjacks marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Defensively, Northern Arizona features the nation's No. 348-rated defense on the road, allowing 89.6 points per game. BYU, meanwhile, comes in at No. 40 nationally in scoring at home.

Northern Arizona lost its last outing, a 98-51 result against Colorado on December 21. They failed to cover in that game as a 17.5-point underdog. Northern Arizona was run off the court by the Buffaloes on Friday as Colorado routed them 98-51 at Coors Events Center.

Last time out for BYU, they were a 79-64 loser as they battled Baylor on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point underdog. BYU got 26 points and 17 rebounds from Brandon Davies in a losing cause in their 79-64 loss to Baylor on Friday.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Sacramento State are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Virginia Tech are 1-0
After playing Baylor are 1-0
After a loss are 9-1

A few Lumberjacks at Cougars trends to consider:
Northern Arizona is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Northern Arizona is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games on the road
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
BYU is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Northern Arizona home to Sacramento State, Thursday, January 3
BYU home to Virginia Tech, Saturday, December 29