Portland Pilots vs. Pepperdine Waves Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/15/14
Pepperdine Waves (14-12) at Portland Pilots (14-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)
The Line: Portland Pilots -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Pepperdine hopes to end a two-game slide when they visit the Earle A. Chiles Center Saturday to take on Portland.
The Breakdown: The Waves dropped to 7-7 for 5th place in the conference after an 83-68 loss to Gonzaga Thursday. Pepperdine connected on 46.6 percent from the floor and 17.6 percent from outside the arc to the Bulldogs’ 52.5 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from distance. The Waves also conceded a 36-29 advantage on the boards and committed 13 turnovers. Sophomore F Stacy Davis scored a team-high 14 points off the bench. Senior F Brendan Lane had 12 points and 6 rebounds, and senior G Nikolas Skouen added 12 points off the bench. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 72.0 ppg on 46.3 percent shooting. Davis leads the team in scoring with 14.8 ppg, followed by Lane at 14.0 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Portland improved to 6-7 for 6th place in the conference after its 71 -64 victory over Loyola Marymount Thursday. The Pilots topped the Lions from the field 49.1 percent to 37.5 percent and from outside the arc 44.4 percent to 18.8 percent. Portland also finished with a 35-31 advantage on the boards and converted 7 of 12 from the free throw line. Senior F Ryan Nicholas scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, junior C Thomas van der Mars had 14 points and 10 boards, and sophomore G Bryce Pressley added 14 points. Through 25 games, the Pilots are averaging 77.3 ppg on 45.8 percent shooting. Junior G Kevin Bailey leads the team in scoring with 16.5 ppg, followed by van der Mars at 12.6 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -3.5 for Portland. The Pilots topped Pepperdine 76-65 close to a month ago on the road. The spread looks about right with home court. Look for Portland to cover.