Against the Spread Pick
The BYU Cougars have won a season-high eight games in a row heading into Saturday’s date with the Pepperdine Waves. BYU’s surge has it up to second place in the West Coast Conference at 12-3, two games behind Gonzaga. There is no reason to think the Cougars will suddenly slow down–not after they blasted Pepperdine 107-80 at home on Jan. 30. Yoeli Childs is averaging 21.2 ppg and has exceeded that number in two consecutive contests. Pepperdine has alternated wins and losses over its past six outings, struggling to find any kind of consistency. This is a team that turns the ball over 12.4 times per game, including 4.2 tpg committed by leading scorer Colbey Ross. BYU is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 overall and 11-5 ATS in its last 16 as a favorite. The Waves are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 at home. Back the COUGARS with plenty of confidence.
Over Under Pick
A total of 187 points were scored in the previous meeting between these two teams. Eleven different guys scored in double-figures (six for BYU, five for Pepperdine). BYU has exceeded the 80-point mark in seven of its past nine outings. The over is 10-4 in the Cougars’ last 14 overall and 4-0 in their last four after scoring more than 90 points in their previous outing. It is also 4-1-1 in the Waves’ last six at home and 6-1 in their last seven against opponents with winning records. This one should soar OVER the total.