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#725 BYU 148 vs.
#726 Boise State
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:00pm EST
Written by Joshua Broom

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West Coast Conference meets Mountain West as the Boise State Broncos host the BYU Cougars.

After winning 19 games last season BYU currently stands 3-1, last defeating Houston 72-71 November 15. The Cougars have won two straight after dropping a contest earlier this month vs. San Diego State.

Meanwhile, Boise State is still reeling a bit from last season’s 13-19 finish -that sub. 500 performance came one year after reaching 20-plus wins for the sixth consecutive year. The Broncos current stands 1-2 after back-to-back losses vs. nationally-ranked Oregon and UC Irvine.

Tonight’s contest is listed as a pick em’ affair.

Pope looks for immediate success with strong returning roster

Following the retirement of program institution Dave Rose, who enjoyed 12-straight 20-plus win seasons before last year’s 19-13 finish, former assistant Mark Pope takes BYU’s mantle. Pope has several impact returning pieces to smooth his transition from assistant to head coach this winter.

After weighing NBA options, Yoeli Childs is back in Provo. Childs, a 6-8 forward, led all West Coast Conference scorers last season with 21.2 ppg, his 9.7 rpg ranked second. Joining potential first-round NBA draftee on roster this year include TJ Haws, Gavin Baxter and regarded transfer Jake Toolson.

BYU averages 71.8 ppg this season and allows 67 ppg. Depth is a bit of an issue for BYU as the Cougars rely on seven regulars. Three BYU players add double-figure scoring, led by Toolson’s 15.3 ppg. On the road, tonight the Cougar’s will need bigger numbers from Toolson to sway matters in their favor.

Boise State can’t hit vs. UIC

Boise State has dropped two straight vs. quality opposition after a season-opening blowout of NAIA member Life Pacific. That inflated win aids BSU’s 87 ppg average. The Broncos allow 74.3 ppg. Coach Leon Rice, who has enjoyed prolonged success at Boise State, returns four-fifths of last year’s starting lineup. Justinian Jessup and Derrick Alston lead the program’s charge. Rangy at 6-9, Alston is listed as a potential breakout star one season after averaging 13.4 ppg.

Alston led all Broncos with 22 points, as senior RJ Williams (20) and Jessup (10) added double figures. However, the Broncos’ defense did little to prevent UIC from regularly scoring. A major stat line from the Broncos recent 69-60 loss sees Boise converting just 30.9 percent FG as UCI netted 42 percent.

Boise State adds a bit more depth than BYU, with ten players averaging seven-plus minutes. Though, improved shooting is a must tonight if the Cougars are to event their record.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Tonightโ€™s contest pits quality teams searching for their early-season stride head-to-head. Based on recent performances, Iโ€™ll give BYU a slight advantage due to Yoeliโ€™s upper-level ability and his supporting castโ€™s quality. Yes, on their home floor, Boise State will hang tough and keep this pick emโ€™ close, but ultimately the Cougarsโ€™ offense will become too much for Leon Riceโ€™s men to handle. Take BYU. This is a useful line, per Covers.com to consider. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.

Prediction: BYU wins

Full-Game Total Pick

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Iโ€™ll take the Under 149 in this one as each teamโ€™s quality will conceal the otherโ€™s out. Expect a bruising inside-out performance from Yoeli. Meanwhile Williams, Jessup and Alston will add points, but their supporting cast wonโ€™t do enough to secure the points. Covers.com adds underย is 4-0 in Broncos last 4 home games.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Joshua Broom

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Joshua Broom has lent his thirty-plus years of insight to several sports outlets and has appeared on national radio to talk hoops. Now a dedicated handicapper, Joshua avidly critiques NBA, MLB and college and professional basketball and football trends for the betting public. Check out his picks today at Stat Salt to get a leg up on your bookie.