Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Cougars vs Waves CBB Odds
Looking for BYU Cougars vs. Pepperdine Waves NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Cougars taking on the Waves on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Cougars vs. Waves matchup.
(11-8) BYU Cougars vs. Pepperdine Waves (9-9)
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 11:00 PM ET
Venue: Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, California
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: BYU Cougars -1.5
CBB Betting Total: 160.5
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This West coast conference game features the BYU Cougars and the Pepperdine Waves.
The last time these teams met BYU won 75-70 in overtime. Pepperdine however, has managed to cover the spread in 8 of the last 10 meeting and should not be taken lightly in this particular game.
The Cougars enter this game on a two game winning streak and sit in second place behind Gonzaga. A win over Pepperdine will keep them on pace with Gonzaga, while a loss could drop them to the middle of the standings.
The Cougars are actually one of the best in terms of scoring offenses. They average 83.3 points per game, which ranks them 24th in the country. Look for leading scorer, Yoeli Childs to have another breakout game and lead the Cougars in scoring once again. Childs is shooting 55% from the field this season, so if he can get hot, the Waves will be in for a long night.
Defensively for the Cougars, they are struggling in the points allowed category. They allow 78.3 points per game, which ranks them at 312th in the country. In 7 of their 8 losses this year, the Cougars have allowed 80 or more points so keeping the Waves inside the 80 point mark will be the key to a needed win.
The Waves have been up and down all year and now sit at an even 9-9 record, 2-2 in West Coast conference play. A win for the Waves would help them move up in the standings and keep them in the running for a first round bye in the West Coast Conference tournament later this season.
The Waves are a team that actually scores a decent amount of points per game. They average 77.9 per game, which keeps them inside the top 90 in scoring offense. One of their offensive strengths this season is free throw shooting. As a team they shoot 74.4% from the field. Look for the Waves to focus on driving the ball and getting to the line in order to get easy points and keep them in this game.
There really is no stand out stat for this Waves defensive group. The key for them is slowing down a BYU offense that has been known to score 80+ without much trouble. If the Waves are going to win this game, they will need to keep the Cougars in the low to mid 70’s.
CBB Betting Trends:
- BYU are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- PEPP are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. West Coast.
- BYU are 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
- Underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
- Under is 9-2 in PEPP last 11 overall.
Free BYU Cougars vs. Pepperdine Waves NCAAB Prediction:
The BYU Cougars get the win they need, but not before Pepperdine pushes them throughout the entire game.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UNDER 160.5
While both teams have relatively high scoring offenses, the defense will be ramped-up near the end of the game to keep the total under.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: BYU 80 – Pepperdine 76
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