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Dons open as college hoops underdog vs Cougars

San Francisco DonsBYU Cougars
15-9February 08, 2014, 09:00 | Marriott Center16-9

Marriott Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host BYU Cougars and the visiting San Francisco Dons in college hoops action on Saturday.

The Dons will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 10-10 ATS against the number this season, while the Cougars are 9-13 ATS. San Francisco is 12-8 on the totals; BYU is 9-13.

View San Francisco Dons vs BYU Cougars Odds and Stats.

The Cougars were listed as -12-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cougars rated this week at No. 29 and the Dons sitting at No. 161.

San Francisco was a 74-67 winner in their most recent outing on the road against San Diego. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. San Francisco earned a 74-67 victory over San Diego on Thursday, getting 21 points from Cole Dickerson at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

BYU was an 89-76 winner in their most recent outing at home against Santa Clara. They failed to cover the 15.5-point spread as favorites. BYU got 27 points from Tyler Haws en route to an 89-76 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday at Marriott Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features BYU's No. 1-ranked scoring average of 87.4 PPG, against a Dons defense rated No. 212 and allowing 74.21 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 47.07% to date this season, less than the Dons shooters have managed so far (48.05% per game).

A few Dons at Cougars trends to consider:
San Francisco is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
San Francisco is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
San Francisco is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games on the road
BYU is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
BYU is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of BYU's last 7 games
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
San Francisco at Santa Clara, Saturday, February 15th
BYU at Pacific, Thursday, February 13th