Bet San Francisco +5.5 over Brigham Young for NCAAB Picks

Jeff Grant

Monday, March 10, 2014 5:40 PM GMT

The San Francisco Dons have been playing great on the defensive end over the last month, which should serve them well against the BYU Cougars Monday night. The college basketball odds are out; which side of the line should we ride?

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this West Coast Conference semifinal matchup at the Orleans Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 11:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Streaking

San Francisco has allowed an average of 59.7 points over the course of its current six-game winning streak, as it comes off a 69-60 victory over San Diego as five-point favorites in the quarterfinals last Saturday.

The Dons earned the No. 3 seed in the WCC tournament by tallying 13 league victories—the most for the program since 1976-77.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 5-7 SU and 7-5 ATS on a neutral floor.

Playing solid basketball

BYU has won five games in a row, including a 85-74 victory over Loyola Marymount as 12.5-point favorites last Saturday to reach the semifinal round, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in three contests.

The Cougars have won 20 or more games in all nine seasons under current head coach Dave Rose—the longest such streak of its kind in school history.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 8-3 SU and 5-6 ATS in March since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

Series history

The Dons are 6-10 SU all-time against the Cougars—dropping both regular-season meetings this year.

San Francisco suffered a 68-63 setback as 11.5-point road underdogs in its most recent matchup against BYU on Feb. 8.

It’s important to point out that the underdog has covered the number in four of the last five installments of this series.

Player of the Year

Cougars junior guard Tyler Haws was recently named the WCC Player of the Year, as he enters averaging a team-high 23.3 points per game—scoring in double figures in all 30 games played this season.

Haws is the only player in program history to surpass 1,800 career points during his junior season, while he’s knocked down 88.1 percent of his free throw attempts since arriving on campus.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dons as one of their college basketball picks, as they’ve gone 39-13 ATS in their last 52 conference games.

BYU has also gone 0-6 ATS in its last six conference tourney affairs when facing a foe seeking same-season double revenge.

College Basketball Pick: San Francisco Dons +5.5