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Pepperdine Waves face BYU Cougars: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Pepperdine WavesBYU Cougars
10-6January 09, 2014, 09:00 | Marriott Center9-7

Marriott Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host BYU Cougars and the visiting Pepperdine Waves in college hoops action on Thursday.

Supporters of the Waves have watched them go 10-6 and 9-4 ATS on the year, while the Cougars are at 9-7 and 5-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Cougars are 3-10, while the Waves have a 7-6 mark.

View Pepperdine Waves vs BYU Cougars Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Pepperdine before tip-off in this one found them as 16.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Cougars - Waves odds would favor the Cougars if the lines were set according to our power ranks. BYU is rated No. 133 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pepperdine is at No. 200.

Pepperdine was a 76-66 loser in their most recent outing on the road against San Francisco. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Pepperdine got 13 points from Brendan Lane but lost anyway, 76-66, to San Francisco on Saturday at War Memorial Gymnasium.

Last time out for BYU, they were an 87-53 winner as they battled San Diego at home. They covered in the match as a 13-point favorite. BYU cruised to victory on Saturday, running San Diego out of the gym and running up an 87-53 score at Marriott Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Waves rank No. 141 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.19 per game. That compares with BYU’s No. 5 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where BYU is college basketball's No. 203-ranked team at 5.12 per game, while the Waves rate No. 90 with 6.88 per game.

Next up:
Pepperdine at San Diego, Saturday, January 11th
BYU at Loyola Marymount, Saturday, January 11th