The BYU Cougars (15-6, 4-2 WCC) travel to San Francisco to play the Dons (14-7, 3-3 WCC) in what should be a high-scoring game. Action starts at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
BYU Cougars vs. San Francisco Dons Free Preview
In the Cougars’ last matchup, they were victorious over the Pacific Tigers, 74-60. Jake Toolson was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting. The Cougars knocked down 11 of their 15 free throws (73.3 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.630 (above their season average of 0.578).
The Dons are trying to rebound after their 58-48 loss to the Saint Mary’s Gaels in their last contest. Jamaree Bouyea was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Saint Mary’s had a free throw rate of 0.277 (above their season average of 0.244). San Francisco, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 31.4).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Dons won both matchups last season. In the last matchup, San Francisco won 77-71. San Francisco had a much better turnover percentage (9.0 vs. 18.8). BYU, on the other hand, did a terrific job of making free throws (19-26; 73.1 percent).
This contest figures to be a shootout as a pair of the nation’s premier offenses go head-to-head. San Francisco ranks 43rd with 110.1 points per 100 possessions and BYU is 26th (111.3). Furthermore, put-back points could be rare for the Cougars. They rank 349th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 20.1 percent, while the Dons are 43rd-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 75.7 percent).
BYU at San Francisco ATS Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – BYU, ATS Winner – San Francisco, O/U – Under
The Dons rank 20th in three pointers attempted per game (27.8) while the Cougars rank 72nd (24.8).
BYU ranks 14th in assists per game (16.6) while San Francisco ranks 170th (12.4).
The Dons rank 129th in rebounds per game (36.4) while the Cougars rank 235th (33.4).
BYU ranks 20th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while San Francisco ranks 74th (3.1).
The Dons’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, down from 7.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cougars have scored an average of 83.2 points per game (8.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 75.8 points per game (11.1 above their season average).