The CBI finals is set for tonight at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, FL., at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, with Pepperdine installed as a five-point favorite vs. Coastal Carolina. The total is 155 points.
After trailing Bellarmine by nine at halftime last night, Pepperdine woke up and outscored the Knights 41-21 on its way to an 82-71 win as a 4.5-point favorite in Daytona Beach, Fla. Junior forward Kessler Edwards led the way with 28 points, seven rebounds, five blocks, three steals and two assists.
Edwards buried 10-of-15 field-goal attempts and 7-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe. Senior guard Colbey Ross finished with eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while freshman forward Kendall Munson had 13 points, six boards and two steals on 6-of-8 FGAs.
The Waves have won four of their last five games while going 5-0 against the spread. Two of the four wins came by double digits and the other two came by eight and six points, which would obviously cover tonight’s five-point spread.
The only loss during this span was an 82-77 overtime defeat to BYU in Las Vegas at the WCC Tournament, and the Cougars were a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Going back further, Pepperdine is 13-3-1 ATS in its last 17 contests.
Coastal Carolina had to go to overtime last night to slip past Stetson, so it had to play extra minutes. Pepperdine is the toughest opponent the Chanticleers have faced all season, according to KenPom’s rankings.
The Waves are No. 105 at KenPom. Coastal Carolina has played four games against foes who are in KenPom’s Top 150, going 1-3 to Georgia St. (1-2 against No. 150) and Wofford (No. 126).
Meanwhile, the Waves have three KenPom Top-100 wins over BYU (No. 20), San Francisco (No. 97) and Saint Mary’s (No. 76), in addition to a 74-62 win over California and an 86-72 win over UC Irvine (No. 110) on a neutral floor.
PREDICTION: Pepperdine -5