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Cougars vs Waves College Hoops Game Preview

BYU CougarsPepperdine Waves
Jan 21, 8:00 PM | Firestone Fieldhouse

BYU Cougars vs Pepperdine Waves Odds


The Waves will be trying to slam the BYU Cougars on Saturday when the teams tip off at Firestone Fieldhouse in college betting action.

Pepperdine battles the Cougars, currently sitting with a 16-5 mark (9-8 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 5-10 for the Waves and 7-10 for the Cougars.

View BYU vs Pepperdine Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Cougars listed as 13.5-point favorites

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Waves at No. 162 and the Cougars at No. 7 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 82-62 result in favor of the Cougars.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pepperdine's No. 332-ranked offense, averaging 58.1 PPG, against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 128 at 65.2 PPG. The Waves field goal percentage has averaged 38.7% so far, less than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.5% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, BYU owns the country's No. 76-rated mark, allowing 66 points per game on the highway. Pepperdine, on the other hand, rates No. 320 in scoring at home.

BYU lost its last outing, an 82-68 result against Loyola Marymount on January 19. They failed to cover in that game as a 17.5-point favorite. BYU got 28 points from Noah Hartsock on the way to an 82-68 loss against Loyola Marymount on Thursday at Marriott Center.

Pepperdine was a 61-47 loser in their most recent outing on the road against St. Mary's. They covered the 22-point spread as underdogs. Caleb Willis scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Waves to a win (they lost 61-47 to St. Mary's at McKeon Pavilion on Thursday).

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Loyola Marymount are 2-1
After a loss are 10-0

Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing San Diego are 5-5
After playing St. Mary's are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

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

Next up:
BYU at Virginia Tech, Wednesday, January 25
Pepperdine at San Diego, Thursday, January 26