Utah State Aggies (7-1) vs Brigham Young Cougars (5-4)Date : 12/05/2018
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Marriott Center, Provo, Utah,
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Utah State Aggies vs Brigham Young Cougars
The Utah State Aggies will travel to Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, to battle the Brigham Young Cougars on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Cougars have suddenly fallen on hard times in losing three straight games as their last loss came at the hands of the Weber State Wildcats on the road as they suffered a 113 – 103 loss as the Cougars shot very well from the field in going over 50%, however, the Wildcats were able to hit 11 3-pointers on the night en route to a home victory.
The Utah State Aggies, on the other hand, have won two straight games as they picked up a 89 – 65 road win versus the UC Irvine Anteaters in their last time out as Quinn Taylor went 3-5 from 3-point range while ending with 21 points to lead Utah State in scoring.
Utah State Aggies's Latest Performance :
After a loss to Arizona State on November 21st, the Utah State Aggies have won two straight games to where they dominated on both ends of the floor as their offense averaged 80 points per game while the defense held opponents to only 58 points per game during this time. Of course, they will certainly look to carry this momentum into this matchup versus their rival in Brigham Young as they may have certainly caught them at a vulnerable time.
In their last outing, Utah State shot 52% from the floor on the night while nailing 13 three-pointers on the night as they were led by Taylor with 24 points along with five 3-pointers on the night, as stated, while Sam Merrill also hit three 3-pointers on the night as he ended with 17 points in the victory for Utah State. Defensively, the Aggies held the Anteaters to only one of 14 three-point attempts on the night while permitting them less than 40% shooting from the floor as Eyassu Worku went 3-7 for the night with 11 points as the only double-digit score for Cal Irvine in the matchup.
Brigham Young Cougars's Latest Performance :
After they lost their first game of the season on the road to the Nevada Wolfpack, BYU picked up 5 straight wins as they dominated their opponents during this time in what was double-digit blowout wins. Nonetheless, in their last 3 games, while the offense continues to put up big numbers, the defense has failed to show and prove on a nightly basis as they are allowing teams to score over 90 points per game during their current losing streak.
In their last outing, they allowed 113 points to the Weber State Wildcats as the road team shot 53% from the floor while getting 30 points from Jeric Harding as he also went 4-6 from 3-point range for the night. Cody John also chipped in 22 points for Weber State in the win. On the other hand, BYU shot a whopping 59% from the floor for the night yet made only five of 14 attempts from 3-point range on the night as they were led by Yoeli Childs along with Jahshire Hardnettwith 31 and 24 points, respectively, in defeat.
The fact is that BYU continues to be a dangerous offensive team. And while their defense may indeed need some work moving forward, they certainly look to get back on track versus at Utah State team that is also putting up huge numbers in averaging over 80 points per game on just about 50% shooting from the floor per outing.
How Utah State Aggies & Brigham Young Cougars Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Utah state is 7 – 1 ATS while the OU is 5 – 3
BYU is 3 – 6 ATS while the OU is 5 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting game amongst these teams as the Aggies will look to continue their current momentum in picking up a much-needed and huge win over their rival in BYU. On the other hand, the Cougars will look to come out of a three-game losing skid by picking up a huge home victory over an Aggies team that has been tearing up the competition recently. In all, expect this to be an up-and-down matchup between two teams that will be looking to establish themselves on the offensive end, first and foremost, as they are each averaging well over 80 points per game in 2018.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Utah State Aggies
My reason for the pick :
While BYU has played much better at home in 2018, they have only been average against the spread at the Marriot Center as they are 3-3 in their last six home games, overall. On the other hand, as stated, the Aggies have been tearing up the competition recently and are winners in their only two road games of the season while also covering the spread in each contest. With that being the case, I will back the Aggies in this matchup as they will pull out a tight victory in the end while making critical shots late in the game in which to pull away from a motivated BYU squad.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Being at this game will be a rivalry game, I expect both teams to come out with a bit extra focus and intensity for this matchup on Wednesday night. With that being the case, the under will indeed be the strong play as it has been the result in five of the last eight games, overall, for the Aggies. Also, with Utah State having much, if not all, of the momentum heading into this contest versus the Cougars, expect them to exert themselves offensively and defensively early and often in this matchup as they will neutralize a dangerous offensive attack.
Betting trends for Utah State Aggies:
- The Aggies are 7 – 1 ATS in last 8 games
- The under is 5-3 in Aggies last 8 games
Betting trends for Brigham Young Cougars:
- The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in last 5 games
- The over is 5 – 1 in Cougars last six games