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The BYU Cougars (25-9) play the Ole Miss Rebels (20-12) in a First Four game on Tuesday night at the University of Dayton Arena. The Cougars are 2.5-point favorites over the Rebels. The game tips at 9:10 PM with the winner going to Jacksonville, Florida, to play sixth-seeded Xavier on Thursday afternoon. Click here for more March Madness Round of 64 betting spreads.

Can BYU use the mojo of returning to the scene of the crime where it used the biggest comeback in NCAA Tournament history three short years ago when the Cougars robbed Iona of a March Madness bid after falling behind Iona by 25 points in the first half of another First Four game in 2012. But, BYU would not be denied as the Cougars rallied for a 78-72 win that was the biggest comeback in NCAA Tournament history.

“I hope it’s the second-half mojo and not the first half,” Coach Dave Rose said. “We were able to get on a roll and finish that game off. I think this game could be similar to that.”

An In-Depth Analysis March Madness First Four BYU Cougars Vs Ole Miss Rebels Spread Betting, ATS Pick, How to Watch & Stream

BYU is 25-9 on the season, but had a jaw-dropping victory over the perrenial March Madness condendors Gonzaga. The Cougars had an eight-game winning streak snapped by the Zags in the West Coast Conference tournament.

Ole Miss had to sweat it out a bit to see if they would even be in the field after losing to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. But Andy Kennedy has his team back in the field, and they deserve to be there. Ole Miss has good wins over the Cincinnati Bearcats, the Oregon Ducks and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

"We’re a unique team," BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth said. "We push the ball. We get a ton of 3s. If we can play our game, I think we’ll have a chance."

Ole Miss averaged 72.6 points per game. BYU scored at a pace of 83.6 points per game.

"Their pace of play is unlike anything we’ve seen this season," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "People think I’m a liberal offensive coach. I’m the most conservative coach you’ve ever seen compared to the way that BYU runs and shoots quickly."

Matchup: (11) BYU Cougars at (11) Ole Miss Rebels
Date: Mar. 17, 2015 
Start Time: 9:10 p.m. ET 
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Stadium: University of Dayton Arena
TV Info: truTV
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio:  BYU Vs  Ole Miss
Point Spread: Cougars -2.5

BYU Will Cover the Spread If

Kyle Collinsworth and Tyler Haws do their basketball thing

Brigham Young has one of the best offenses in the nation. The Cougars almost always look to score in transition. It has led to Brigham Young averaging 83.6 points per game. That ranks BYU second in the scoring per game category. The Cougars shoot 46.7% from the field and 38.8% from behind the three-point line.

When Kyle Collinsworth and Tyler Haws are hitting their shots and playing well, Brigham Young can pretty much hang with any team in the nation. Collinsworth has 6 triple-doubles this season. That’s absolutely phenomenal. He averages 14 points, 8.7 boards and 5.9 assists per game. Collinsworth can shoot the three or drive to the basket. Tyler Haws is Brigham Young’s leading scorer at 21.9 points per game. Haws has scored in double-figures in 21 straight BYU games. Haws can also make his own shot, drain the three, or drive to the basket.

If Haws and Collinsworth are playing as well as they usually do, BYU should be able to cover the spread in this matchup.

Ole Miss Will Cover the Spread If

The Rebal D can Rise To The Occasion

The worst thing that Ole Miss could do in their game versus Brigham Young on Tuesday is try and run with the Cougars. Based on the Rebels’ past few games, they might try and run with the Cougars. Ole Miss scored 86 in an 86 to 77 win versus Vanderbilt. They scored 82 in an 82 to 74 win versus Alabama.

The Rebels shouldn’t even try to run with the Rebels. They need to play tough defense, which means that they need to be cognizant of running the court and playing defense when they miss shots and don’t grab the offensive rebounds. They also need to improve on their average field goal percentage allowed of 40% and their average three-point percentage allowed of 34.5%. What basketball handicappers have to remember is that Ole Miss is playing one of the top shooting teams in the nation on Tuesday. If they don’t play tougher defense than normal, they won’t cover the spread in this matchup.

Final Score Prediction – Brigham Young 78, Ole Miss Rebels 68