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BYU vs San Diego Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Cougars vs Toreros Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: BYU Cougars at San Diego Toreros
  • Where: San Diego at Jenny Craig Pavilion
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: BYU -4, BYU -186 | SD +150 O/U 148.5

Cougars Preview:

BYU will take the floor against the Toreros with an overall record of 12-6. On the road, the Cougars will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 1-2. This season, BYU has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 7-3. For today’s contest, BYU has a betting line set -4 points in their favor.

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BYU’s leading scorer this season is Rudi Williams, who is averaging 12.28 points per contest. So far, Williams has accounted for 16.39% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.61 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists. Gideon George is the second leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 12.17 points per game. Between him and George, they are accounting for 32.6% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, BYU is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 37.13% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Toreros Preview:

The San Diego Toreros head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 8-9. So far this season, San Diego has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-5. For the season, San Diego has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 2-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Toreros being +4 point underdogs.

San Diego’s leading scorer this season is Marcellus Earlington, who is averaging 14.65 points per contest. So far, Earlington has accounted for 18.71% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.18 rebounds per game and 1.47 assists. Eric Williams Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Toreros, averaging 14.87 points per game. Between him and Jr., they are accounting for 35.5% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for San Diego this season, as they are currently ranked 367th in college basketball at 65.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Toreros’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.5%, placing them 287th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: BYU Cougars -4

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the BYU Cougars to pick up the win and cover the spread as -4 point betting favorites. Although BYU as a team is just 136th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Toreros’ defense. At -4 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Cougars to come out on top and cover.


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