Morgan State vs BYU Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/18/23

BYU Cougars (3-0) vs Morgan State Bears (2-2)

Game Info: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Marriott Center)

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The Morgan State Bears and BYU Cougars face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the Marriott Center. 

Morgan State Needs Defense To Step Up Here

Morgan State sits with a 2-2 record but in the two losses, the defense has been an issue. Morgan State gave up 87 points to Fresno State and that led to the blowout defeat. Ahmarie Simpkins had a strong game putting up 17 points and five rebounds. Morgan State on the season is averaging 76.3 points while their defense is giving up 80.3 points per game. In this game the defense is going to need to step up, or it will be a long game. Myles Thompson is averaging 14.5 points while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the three point line. 

BYU Looks for Fourth Straight Win

BYU has looked dominant in the first three games and in two of the games the offense was especially impressive. In the last game against Southeastern Louisiana, BYU scored 105 points and the defense gave up only 48 points. Trevin Knell had a strong game putting up 18 points, three rebounds, and three assists. There were four different that finished with at least 11 points. BYU on the season is averaging 96.3. Points while their defense is giving up 58.7 points per game. The offense is ranked 13th and they are going to need the offense to find success here. 

Shane’s Free Pick

This game is going to be a shootout. BYU is averaging 96.3 points per game and they are going to have no issue running up the score again here. This Morgan State is giving up 80.3 points per game, and that is a weakness here. I do think Morgan State is going to find some offensive success and that will be the difference as this game is going to go well over the total. Back the over to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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