The WCC Basketball Tournament is nearly over. No. 1 Gonzaga has dominated the conference for the better part of the last decade and blew out Saint Mary’s to secure a spot in the title game. The top team in the country is set to face off against BYU on Tuesday. The Bulldogs swept the Cougars during the regular season, and the favorite is likely to make the season series 3-0.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch No. 2 seed BYU vs. No. 1 everywhere Gonzaga on Tuesday, March 9 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.
Gonzaga (25-0, 15-0) has won eight of the last 10 WCC titles. It’s already beat BYU by double-digits twice this season, and the Bulldogs’ dynamic offense has hit very few roadblocks this year. Corey Kispert, Drew Timme, and Jalen Suggs can all fill it up on any given night. The Cougars will be hard-pressed to keep up with the highest-scoring team in the country.
BYU (20-5, 10-3 WCC) has won five straight games since its last loss to the Bulldogs, and Pepperdine is the only other stream that’s topped the second-best team in the WCC. Do-it-all guard Alex Barcello will be key to unlocking the Cougars’ potential against the juggernaut that is Gonzaga, but even an all-time performance might not be enough to get the underdog a win.
The Pepperdine Waves and the Brigham Young Cougars will face off in the 2021 West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals to wrap up the Monday college basketball schedule at around midnight ET at Orleans Arena. Pepperdine is 12-11, while BYU is 19-5. The teams split their matchups during the regular season.
The Cougars are favored by eight points in the latest BYU vs. Pepperdine odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 148.5. Before entering any Pepperdine vs. BYU picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Pepperdine vs. BYU. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for BYU vs. Pepperdine:
Brigham Young vs. Pepperdine spread: Brigham Young -8
Brigham Young vs. Pepperdine over-under: 148.5 points
What you need to know about Brigham Young
The Cougars didn’t have too much trouble with the Saint Mary’s Gaels at home two weeks ago in a 65-51 win the last time they took the floor. Four players on BYU scored in double digits: Trevin Knell (15),Brandon Averette (11), Gideon George (11), and Matt Haarms (11). A season high five blocks were registered by Haarms, and he also had a season-best 10 rebounds. BYU shot 66.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from 3-point range in the second half.
Alex Barcello is averaging 15.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. BYU is in the KenPom Top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. The Cougars are the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament for the second straight season.
What you need to know about Pepperdine
Pepperdine beat the Santa Clara Broncos on in the WCC quarterfinals on Saturday, 78-70. Colbey Ross had 25 points and 12 assists. He became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the WCC tourney with 196 points. Ross has scored 25-plus points in three straight games.
Pepperdine is fourth in the country in 3-point defense (26.9 percent). The Waves have not advanced to the WCC tourney finals since 2002. They have made it to the semifinals four times in the last seven seasons.
How to make Pepperdine vs. BYU picks
The model has simulated Brigham Young vs. Pepperdine 10,000 times and the results are in. It is leaning over on the total, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
The WCC Conference Championship stretches from March 4th through 9th with games played at the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The tournament will include 10 teams, who will play single-elimination games with no reseeding, but gives a triple-bye to the top two teams, a double-bye to the third and fourth teams, and a single bye to the fifth and sixth teams.
Most of the coverage for the WCC tournament games will span across the ESPN broadcast platforms. Game 5 is set for ESPNU, while Game 6 and Semifinal 2 are set for ESPN2. Semifinal 1, set to feature Gonzaga, will air on ESPN, as will the championship game.
Tuesday, March 9
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