Pepperdine Waves vs. San Francisco Dons Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/27/14
San Francisco Dons (18-10) at Pepperdine Waves (15-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Line: Pepperdine Waves -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: San Francisco eyes four straight victories when they travel to Firestone Fieldhouse to square off with Pepperdine Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Dons improved to 11-5 for 3rd place in the WCC after a narrow 64-59 victory over Pacific Saturday. Sophomore G Avry Holmes had a game-high 15 points and 5 assists, senior F Cole Dickerson scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and sophomore C Mark Tollefsen added 11 points and 3 assists. San Francisco connected on 22 of 46 from the floor and 3 of 17 from outside the arc to the Tigers’ 24 of 59 from the field and 4 of 16 from downtown. The Dons conceded a slight 34-31 edge on the boards, but converted 17 of 29 from the free throw line. On the season, the Dons are averaging 75.6 ppg on 47.8 percent shooting. Dickerson leads the team with 14.4 ppg, followed by sophomore G Cody Doolin at 13.0 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Pepperdine sits in 5th place in the conference at 8-8 and comes in off a 72-69 victory at Loyola Marymount last Thursday, completing the season sweep. The Waves shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from outside the arc to the Lions’ 40.9 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from distance. Pepperdine also outrebounded LMU and converted 8 of 10 from the foul line. Sophomore F Stacy Davis had a game-high 27 points and 12 boards off the bench, junior G Malcolm Brooks scored 15 points, and senior F Malte Kramer added 12 points off the bench. Through 28 games, the Waves are averaging 71.6 ppg on 46.0 percent shooting. Davis leads the team with 15.1 ppg, followed by senior F Brendan Lane at 13.6 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is set at -2.5 for Pepperdine. San Francisco topped the Waves decisively 76-66 six weeks ago so the points look like the better play here.