The Brigham Young Cougars will take on the Liberty Flames at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at SimpliFI Arena in Honolulu for the third-place game in the 2021 Diamond Head Classic. Liberty is 8-5 on the season while the Cougars are 10-3. Liberty began its tournament with a win over Northern Iowa but dropped a heartbreaker to Stanford in the Diamond Head Classic semifinals.
Meanwhile, BYU held South Florida to 39 points in an opening-round win but then lost to Vanderbilt in its semifinal matchup. The Cougars are favored by 8.5 points in the latest BYU vs. Liberty odds from Caesars Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 132.5. Before entering any Liberty vs. BYU picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- BYU vs. Liberty spread: BYU -8.5
- BYU vs. Liberty over-under: 132 points
What you need to know about Brigham Young
BYU fell 69-67 to the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday. Alex Barcello had 15 points in the loss but shot just 5-of-14 from the floor. Meanwhile, Fousseyni Traore continued what has been a dominant tournament on the glass with 15 rebounds off the bench.
Barcello is a former Arizona guard who is now in his third season with BYU and he's the team's leading scorer (18.9 ppg). Traore is a true freshman from Wasatch Academy, where sophomore forward Caleb Lohner also played, and he's an incredibly strong power forward at 6-foot-6 and 254 pounds that could pose problems for an undersized Liberty squad.
What you need to know about Liberty
Speaking of close games: Liberty kept things tight but fell 79-76 to the Stanford Cardinal. Guard Darius McGhee did his best for Liberty, finishing with 41 points (a whopping 54 percent of their total). McGhee was electric in the contest, shooting 13-of-28 from the floor and 7-of-15 from the 3-point line.
He's now averaging 21.4 points per game in his fourth season with the Flames and the 5-foot-9 guard will try to use his speed to break down a larger BYU squad off the dribble. Despite being the smallest player on the floor, he'll probably be the most dynamic player out there and he's got the potential to take over the game.
How to make BYU vs. Liberty picks
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