San Diego Toreros vs. Pacific Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14
Pacific Tigers (11-9) at San Diego Toreros (13-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Jenny Craig Pavilion)
The Line: San Diego Toreros -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: San Diego eyes three straight victories when they welcome Pacific to Jenny Craig Pavilion Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Toreros improved to 4-6 and now sit in a tie for 6th place in the WCC afte routing St. Mary’s 61-43 Thursday for their second consecutive win. San Diego got a team-high 17 points on 5 of 12 from the field from junior G Johnny Dee, senior Dennis Kramer had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and sophomore G Duda Sanadze added 14 points and 5 boards. The Toreros shot 40.0 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from outside the arc to the Gaels 25.0 percent from the floor and 1 of 14 from downtown. San Diego shot well from the free throw line, however, connecting on 14 of 17. The Toreros conceded a 38-35 rebounding advantage to St. Mary’s and forced 11 turnovers. On the season, San Diego is averaging 67.6 ppg on 45.0 percent shooting. Dee leads the team with 17.1 ppg, followed by Sanadze at 12.7 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Pacific is in last place in the conference with a record of 2-7 and comes in off an 88-78 loss at BYU Thursday. The Tigers shot an accurate 53.2 percent from the floor and connected on 7 of 17 from distance to the Cougars’ 47.4 percent from the field and 8 of 18 from outside the arc. Pacific also conceded a 35-24 advantage on the boards and committed 14 turnovers. Senior F Tony Gill scored a team-high 15 points off the bench and grabbed 5 rebounds, senior G Andrew Bock had13 points, including 7 of 9 from the stripe, and senior G Sama Taku added 9 points. Through 20 games, Pacific is averaging 75.2 ppg on 44.8 percent shooting. Taku leads the team with 12.3 ppg, followed by Bock at 12.0 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -3 for San Diego. These two haven’t met up yet, but Pacific is averaging a lot more points, but not shooting as well as the Toreros. And then there’s Johnny Dee, who happens to be one of the WCC’s premier scorers. Look for San Diego to cover.