BYU is a 5 point favorite, up from 2 just a week ago. What changed things is BYU’s big win @SDSU and Pepperdine dropping two games to so so teams after that great start against teams like UCLA and SDSU, where they held them to 65 and barely lost.
Pepperdine is guard centric as are most WCC teams. Colby Ross, Sr. has been tough for BYU to guard for 4 years now and is the leader of the Pepperdine waves (BTY, how does the mascot dress, just a thought)
They were cruising along, playing really good ball until these last two games…puzzling, Pepperdine was at home against UC Santa Barbara and Cal State and they got whacked pretty back. In looking at the stats: Bigs did not score at all and Chukwaka did not play. With no production from inside, they lost.
It could be injury or that guards just did not get them the ball. IDK?
At any rate, BYU’s MVP, Barcello always gets the task of defending any team’s best guard or shooter for that matter, He guarded Mitchell of SDSU and for 30 minutes shut him down. Our other great guard is Johnson, Pope calls him his lock down guy. BYU ranks top 50 on D and that hasen’t happened in forever.
When you have these two guys defending a guard centric WCC, it is going to be hard to beat BYU. Lastly, 6’8 Edwards has been the high scorer for Pepperdine, these last two games were dismal, the key is Edwards 3 point shooting. He bricked all 4 in the the UC game and 1-3 in CS game. Pay close attention to that stat. Pepperdine has been poor on the boards, like really poor.
BYU continues Pepperdine’s misery, outrebounds them by 10 and more then covers the spread.