BYU Cougars vs. Pepperdine Waves: 3/8/2021 Matchup Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on March 8, 2021

A game after he put up 25 points in a 78-70 win over Santa Clara, Colbey Ross leads the Pepperdine Waves (12-11) on the road against the BYU Cougars (19-5) as 9-point underdogs. The matchup tips at 11:59 PM ET on Monday, March 8, 2021. The point total is 149 for the matchup.

Betting Information

BYU vs Pepperdine Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
BYU -9 -110 -110 149 -108 -113 -480 350

Computer Picks

Computer picks for BYU vs Pepperdine
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
BYU (-9) Under (149) BYU 79 Pepperdine 69

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Total Facts

  • The Cougars and their opponents have combined for 149 points — this matchup’s over/under — in 11 of 24 outings (45.8%) this season.
  • Pepperdine and its opponents have combined to score more than 149 points in 52.2% of their matchups this year (12 of 23 opportunities).
  • These teams average a combined 154.8 points per game, 5.8 more points than the over/under of 149 set for this matchup.
  • Opponents of the two teams average a combined 7.4 less points per game (141.6) than this game’s total of 149 points.
  • The average point total in Cougars games this season is 3.1 fewer points than the total of 149 in this matchup.
  • The average total in Waves games this year is 1.5 more points than the point total of 149 in this outing.

Scoring Betting Tips

  • The 78.6 points the Cougars put up per game are just 4.3 more points than the Waves give up (74.3).
  • BYU is 12-0 overall and 7-0 against the spread when scoring more than 74.3 points.
  • Pepperdine has recorded a 2-6 record against the spread and a 1-7 record overall in games when it allows more than 78.6 points.
  • The Waves score 8.9 more points per game (76.2) than the Cougars allow their opponents to score (67.3).
  • Pepperdine has put together a 10-0 ATS record and an 11-6 overall record in games it scores more than 67.3 points.
  • BYU’s record is 2-3 overall and 0-3-2 against the spread when it gives up more than 76.2 points to its opponents.
  • The Cougars have put up a total of 272 more points than their opponents this year (an average of 11.3 per game), and the Waves have out-scored opponents by 45 points on the season (1.9 more per game).

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BYU Betting Information

  • Strong against the spread this season, the Cougars have covered 12 times in 22 contests.
  • The Cougars have covered half the time, going 4-4-1 against the spread when favored by at least 9 points.
  • The Cougars have combined with their opponents to go over the total in 10 of 22 contests this season, a rate of 45.5%

Pepperdine Betting Information

  • Pepperdine has a winning record against the spread, going 13-7-1 ATS (covering 61.9% of the time).
  • When they are at least 9-point underdogs, the Waves have fared well, going 2-1 against the spread.
  • Pepperdine has combined with its opponents to hit the over in 42.9% of matchups this year (9 out of 21 chances).

Head to Head

BYU vs Pepperdine (Last 4 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
1/27/2021 BYU -7 149 -306 +245 Regular Season 76-73 PEPP
1/23/2021 BYU -11 152.5 -706 +477 Regular Season 65-54 BYU
2/29/2020 BYU -7.5 155.5 -351 +267 Regular Season 81-64 BYU
1/30/2020 BYU -13.5 155 -1210 +709 Regular Season 107-80 BYU

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BYU Leaders

  • The Cougars leader in points and assists is Alex Barcello, who scores 15.7 points per game to go with 4.6 assists.
  • BYU’s best rebounder is Caleb Lohner, who averages 6.8 boards per game in addition to his 7.3 PPG average.
  • Barcello makes more threes per game than any other member of the Cougars, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 1.9 per contest.
  • Barcello and Matt Haarms lead the Cougars on the defensive end, with Barcello leading the team in steals averaging 1.0 per game and Haarms in blocks averaging 2.0 per contest.

Pepperdine Leaders

  • The Waves’ Ross puts up enough points (18.3 per game) and assists (7.7 per game) to sit atop the team’s leaderboards.
  • Pepperdine’s Kessler Edwards stats (6.8 rebounds per game, 16.8 points per game, 1.0 assist per game) earned him the top spot on the team rebound leaderboard.
  • Jan Zidek leads the Waves in three-point shooting with an average of 1.7 made threes per game.
  • The Waves’ leader in steals is Jade’ Smith with 1.3 per game, and Edwards is their leader in blocks with 1.0 per game.
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