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Portland Pilots visit BYU Cougars in college basketball clash

Portland PilotsBYU Cougars
15-12February 22, 2014, 09:00 | Marriott Center19-10

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Marriott Center Saturday as host BYU looks to handle the Portland Pilots in NCAA hoops action.

BYU battles the Pilots, currently sitting with a 15-12 mark (18-8-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 10-16 for the Cougars and 11-16 for the Pilots.

View Portland Pilots vs BYU Cougars Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with BYU in this one found them as -11.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

This game matches up the No. 74 (Cougars) and the No. 93 (Pilots) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Portland was a 61-59 loser in their most recent outing on the road against San Diego. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Portland got 18 points from Thomas van der Mars but lost anyway, 61-59, to San Diego on Thursday at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Last time out for BYU, they were a 73-65 winner as they battled Gonzaga at home. They covered in the match as a 3-point favorite. BYU earned a 73-65 victory over Gonzaga on Thursday, getting 17 points from Anson Winder at Marriott Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Pilots rank No. 108 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.96 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. 209-ranked team at 5.07 per game, while the Pilots rate No. 122 with 6.15 per game.

A few Pilots at Cougars trends to consider:
Portland is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 5 games
Portland is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Portland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
BYU is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
BYU is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
BYU is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Portland

Next up:
Portland at St. Mary's, Thursday, February 27th
BYU at San Diego, Saturday, March 1st