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NCAA hoops odds preview - BYU vs. San Francisco

BYU CougarsSan Francisco Dons
Feb 16, 10:00 PM | War Memorial Gymnasium

BYU Cougars vs San Francisco Dons Odds

21-6TEAM RECORD17-10

The Dons will try to cover the spread at War Memorial Gymnasium on Thursday when they get a visit from the BYU Cougars in college basketball action.

The Dons are 17-10 so far on the season, and 12-10 ATS vs. the number. The Cougars, meanwhile, are 21-6 and 13-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen San Francisco go 15-7 and the Cougars go 10-13 on the totals.

View BYU vs San Francisco Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Dons in this one, they're listed as 5-point underdogs on the NCAAB betting menu for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 209-ranked Dons and the No. 10-rated Cougars in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 87-78 win for the Cougars on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features San Francisco's No. 35-ranked scoring average of 75.8 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 130 and allowing 65.3 PPG. The Dons FG% has averaged 47.1% to date this season, more than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (46.9% per game).

Defensively, BYU features the nation's No. 80-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.4 points per game. San Francisco, meanwhile, comes in at No. 48 nationally in scoring at home.

BYU was an 86-48 winner in their most recent outing at home against Pepperdine. They covered the 18.5-point spread as favorites. The Cougars blew out Pepperdine on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 86-48 win at Marriott Center.

San Francisco won its last outing, an 81-70 result against San Diego on February 11. They covered in that game as a 3-point favorite. San Francisco earned an 81-70 victory over San Diego on Saturday, getting 18 points from Perris Blackwell at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 10-0
Before playing Santa Clara are 3-0
After playing Pepperdine are 4-2
After a win are 7-3

San Francisco Dons Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Gonzaga are 5-5
After playing San Diego are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

A few Cougars at Dons trends to consider:
BYU is 5-0 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
San Francisco is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
San Francisco is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games

Next up:
BYU at Santa Clara, Saturday, February 18
San Francisco home to Gonzaga, Saturday, February 18