Pacific Tigers vs. Princeton Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/20/13
Princeton Tigers (8-1) at Pacific Tigers (8-1)
College Basketball: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:30 pm (South Point Arena)
The Line: Pacific Tigers +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pacific Tigers and the Princeton Tigers square off in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic from Las Vegas Friday night at 10:30PM.
Pacific sits at 8-1 on the season and have been strong on te road as well with a 3-1 mark away from home. The Tigers stepped out of D-1 play this past weekend and dominated the Menlo College Oaks by a score of 84-73. The Oaks kept pace from the jump in this one but Pacific maintained a lead throughout. Khalil Kelley was red hot from the field and led all scorers with 27 points. Kelley was 11-13 for the game and pulled down 11 boards as well. Andrew Bock added 13 for the Tigers and Ross Rivera chipped in 10 off the bench. The Tigers had a +20 edge on the boards and had a 15-11 edge in team assists as well. The Tigers will faced their toughest test of the season with back to back games against a solid Princeton and Bradley squad.
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Princeton also sits at 8-1 on the year as they roll into Las Vegas. The Tigers have notched a few solid wins early this season with their lone loss coming to Butler. Princeton’s most recent win may have been their best of the season thus far as they upended a pretty solid Penn State team 81-79 at State College. The Tigers had five players score in double figures in this one and were led by Will Barrett’s 24 points. Barrett hit 6 threes for the contest and the Tigers hit 10 for the game. The Tigers often rely on their hot shooting given their size disadvantages -- Princeton was -22 on the boards at Penn State. Princeton’s efficient style of play yielded only 10 turnovers in this game while their defense forced 20 turnovers on the night.
Some trends to consider -- Pacific is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last 5 neutral site games and Princeton is 7-1 against the spread in their last 8 non-conference games.
Both these teams are off to hot starts this season and this game should be a battle of two different styles as Pacific likes to push it and Princeton prefers to slow it down. Look for another big game for Will Barrett and for Princeton’s ability to knock down the open jumper to be the difference as Princeton squeaks out a win over Pacific heading into Saturday’s action.