The BYU Cougars (15-7, 4-3 WCC) can extend a nine-game home winning streak when they take on the Pepperdine Waves (11-10, 4-3 WCC) at Marriott Center. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
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In the Waves’ last game, they were victorious over the Portland Pilots, 80-69. Skylar Chavez was Pepperdine’s high scorer with 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting. The Waves held the Pilots to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.1 (below their season average of 22.9) and had a turnover percentage of 11.5 (better than their season average of 15.8).
The Cougars are hoping for a better outcome after their 83-82 loss to the San Francisco Dons in their last game. With 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Yoeli Childs had a good outing for BYU. San Francisco did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (10-11; 90.9 percent). BYU, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 10.1 (better than their season average of 15.1).
BYU could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their high-octane offense faces off against one of the nation’s worst defenses. The Cougars rank 17th in offensive efficiency, while Pepperdine ranks 319th in defensive efficiency.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Cougars won the sole game last season, 87-76. BYU did a terrific job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (26-34; 76.5 percent). Pepperdine, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (13.6 vs. 19.8).
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Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Byu, ATS Winner – Pepperdine, O/U – Over
The Waves rank 208th in rebounds per game (34.2) while the Cougars rank 243rd (33.0).
BYU averages 16.6 assists per game, which ranks 11th in the country. Pepperdine ranks 232nd in assists allowed per game (15.8).
The Cougars average 24.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 65th in the NCAA. The Waves rank 129th in three pointers allowed per game (21.5).
BYU ranks 21st in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Pepperdine ranks 66th (3.0).
The Cougars’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.8, down from 9.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Waves have scored an average of 79.8 points per game (2.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 75.6 points per game (1.2 below their season average).