Boise State Broncos vs BYU Cougars Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boise State Broncos vs BYU Cougars
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Marriott Center in Provo, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Boise State (+5.5)
The BYU Cougars (5-1) play the Boise State Broncos (2-1) at Marriott Center on Wednesday. Boise State opens this matchup as 5.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 144.5.
Boise State heads into this game with a record of 2-1 for the year. They average 76.7 points per outing (130th in the country) while connecting on 42.2% from the floor. The Broncos are hitting 24.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (18 of 75) and 68.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Boise State is snagging 40.3 rebounds per game and has totaled 39 dimes for the season, which is 191st in the country in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 12.3 times per game and as a unit are committing 16.0 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Broncos are forcing 20.3 turnovers every game and they draw 24.3 personal fouls. They are ranked 20th in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 17 surrendered this year. The Broncos defense is allowing a FG percentage of 36.9% (62 of 168) and they surrender 36.3 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They give up 25.0% from 3-point land and they are ranked 25th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (57.3).
The Boise State Broncos faced the College of Idaho Yotes and notched a win by a score of 86-49 in their last game. Boise State walked away from the game having earned a 45.5% field goal percentage (30 of 66) and converted 7 of their 24 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Broncos converted 19 of 31 tries for a rate of 61.3%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 41 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 10 dimes for this game as well as having 9 steals and 4 rejections. With regard to defending, Boise State allowed 45.5% from the floor on 30 out of 66. College of Idaho recorded 6 dimes and 3 steals in the game. Additionally, the Yotes grabbed 30 boards (6 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 4 blocks. College of Idaho ended up going 75.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 6 of their 8 attempts. They also made 5 of their 17 tries from distance.
Rayj Dennis is someone who played a role for the game. He ended up scoring 8 points on 2 of 7 shooting. He saw the court for 28 mins and pulled down 2 boards. Dennis walked away from this one shooting 28.6% from the floor and earned 2 assists. Someone else that saw a lot of court time in this contest for the Broncos was Abu Kigab. He snagged 2 boards and earned 2 assists. He finished 87.5% from the field for the game by shooting 7-of-8 (19 points). Overall, Kigab saw the court for 27 minutes.
BYU has a record of 5-1 this year. BYU has tallied 470 pts for the season (78.3 per game) and they collect 40.8 boards per contest. The Cougars are committing 18.8 personal fouls per game and they shoot 63.8% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cougars are shooting 45.8% from the field, which ranks 175th in the nation. They are assisting teammates 17.7 times per game (52nd in college hoops) and they are turning it over 14.7 times per game. The Cougars on defense are ranked 98th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 65.2. They have allowed 12.0 assists and 36.0 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 113th and 152nd in those categories on the defensive end. The BYU defense gives up 33.3% on shots from 3-point land (31 of 93) and opponents are knocking down 64.6% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 15.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.7% from the floor (96th in the nation).
The last time they took the hardwood, the BYU Cougars went home victorious with a score of 67-64 when they faced the Utah State Aggies. The Cougars snagged 27 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards totaling 32 for the game. They also turned away 4 tries while recording 3 steals for the matchup. The Aggies committed 21 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Cougars to the charity stripe for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to make 15 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 78.9%. In the matter of shots from beyond the arc, BYU made 8 out of 22 attempts (36.4%). When the game finished, the Cougars shot 22 for 55 from the floor which had them shooting 40.0%. The Cougars allowed the Aggies to convert 21 out of 59 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 35.6% in this matchup. They shot 15.4% from downtown by going 2 out of 13 and ended up shooting 20 out of 29 at the free throw line (69.0%). When discussing rebounding, BYU permitted Utah State to snag 38 in total (11 offensive).
Alex Barcello pitched in for the Cougars for this game. He converted 6 out of 8 for the game for a field goal percentage of 75.0%, which got him 23 points. Barcello collected 5 rebounds in his 34 minutes and accumulated 2 assists in the matchup. Another guy that was important for BYU was Caleb Lohner. He scored 11 points in 26 minutes on the court via 3 of 8 from the floor for this contest. Lohner walked away from this one going 37.5% from the floor as well as earning 2 assists and 6 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take BYU (-5.5) and under 144.5 points
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