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Tigers open as college hoops underdog vs Cougars

Pacific TigersBYU Cougars
11-8January 30, 2014, 09:00 | Marriott Center13-9

Pacific travels to BYU on Thursday, hoping to boost its 11-8 record with a victory over the Cougars.

The Tigers will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 11-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Cougars are 8-11 ATS. Pacific is 12-5 on the totals; BYU is 6-13.

View Pacific Tigers vs BYU Cougars Odds and Stats.

The Cougars were listed as -13-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 95-ranked Cougars and the No. 200-rated Tigers in this matchup.

In their last action, Pacific was a 76-66 winner at home against Pepperdine. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Tigers got 18 points from Sama Taku as Pacific ran past Pepperdine 76-66 on Saturday at Spanos Center.

Last time out for BYU, they were an 84-69 loser as they battled Gonzaga on the road. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point underdog. The Cougars endured an 84-69 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs on Saturday, despite a 23-point effort from Tyler Haws at McCarthey Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Tigers is ranked No. 124 in NCAA hoops at 35.95 per game. Contrast that with BYU’s No. 6 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, BYU is the No. 200-ranked team in the country at 5.23 per game, while Pacific rates No. 122 at 6.21 per game.

Next up:
Pacific at San Diego, Saturday, February 1st
BYU at St. Mary's, Saturday, February 1st