Long Beach State at BYU - 3/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Long Beach State at BYU - 3/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

BYU Cougars (22-10) vs Long Beach State Beach (20-12)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Marriott Center)

Betting Odds: BYU Cougars -11.5 -- Over/Under: 152 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Long Beach State Beach will play the BYU Cougars in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday.

The Long Beach State Beach are 20-12 (12-3) this season and have won four of their last five games. Long Beach State is coming off of a loss against Cal State Fullerton by a score of 72-71 in the Big West Final. Long Beach State shot 52% from the field and made 12 three pointers in the loss. Joel Murray led the Beach with 24 points and 4 rebounds in the game. Long Beach State is averaging 73.9 points per game and is giving up 72.4 points per game against, while also averaging 35.5 rebounds per game and 12.7 assists per game. Joel Murray is averaging 16.5 points per game and 2.9 assists per game, while Colin Slater is averaging 14.4 points per game and 2.9 assists per game for the Beach. Long Beach State is shooting 44% on field goals, 72.8% on free throws, and 35.4% on three pointers.

The BYU Cougars are 22-10 (9-6) this season and have won three of their last four games. BYU lost to San Francisco by a score of 75-63 in their last game. BYU shot 37.9% from the field and 15% on three pointers in the loss. Alex Barcello led the Cougars with 18 points and 3 assists in the game. BYU is averaging 73.7 points per game and is giving up 67.9 points per game against, while also averaging 39.2 rebounds per game and 14.1 assists per game. Alex Barcello is averaging 17.2 points per game and 3.1 assists per game, while Te’Jon Lucas is averaging 10.6 points per game and 4.6 assists per game for the Cougars. BYU is shooting 45.3% on field goals, 72.5% on free throws, and 35.5% on three pointers.

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Long Beach State finished first in the Big West in the regular season and lost by one point in the Big West Tournament Final, while BYU finished fifth in the WCC and lost in the Quarterfinals of the WCC Tournament. I like the way Long Beach State played this season and I think they will be motivated to have a strong showing here. I like the Beach to keep it close.

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David’s Pick Long Beach State +11.5

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