San Diego vs. Boise State - 11/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boise State Broncos (0-0) at San Diego Toreros (0-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)
The Line: San Diego Toreros +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boise State Broncos and San Diego Torreros tip things off Friday night at the Gersten Pavilion.
The Boise State Broncos look to be one of the better teams in the MWC once again this season with their top two players in Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks returning for another season. Drmic averaged 15.9 points and 4.5 rebounds last year, while Marks averaged 14.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting. However, Derrick Marks and Dez Trent won’t be available for this matchup due to a suspension. Boise State’s style of play isn’t going to change much, as the Broncos live and die by the three ball and take plays off defensively. Last season, Boise State shot 37.2 percent from downtown and allowed 69 points on the defensive side. Freshman Chandler Hutchinson will also provide a spark and likely a boost on the glass. The Boise State Broncos aren’t a complete basketball team, but they can cover a ton of spreads and when they get hot, they get hot.
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Speaking of offensive talent, the San Diego Torreros have one of the better shooters in the country in Johnny Dee. Dee averaged 16.6 points on 41.8 percent shooting from downtown last season and isn’t shy with the shot selection. Senior Christopher Anderson is also around to help out, as he knocked down 44.3 percent of his threes and 41.3 percent from the field. Those two players give San Diego a reliable and one of the more explosive backcourts in the country. Defensively, the San Diego Torreros allowed just 65.2 points per game last season and have won seven of their last 12 games when holding a team under 70 points. The biggest concern for San Diego entering the season will be replacing the production of Dennis Kramer, who averaged 11.5 points and 6.6 rebounds. Still, San Diego isn’t a team you should sleep on this season.
The Toreros are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Mountain West and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. The Broncos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
Boise State has the talent to be a real threat in the MWC, but the lack of consistency scared me last season and has me a little worried to start this one. San Diego has a solid roster and a game chager in Johnny Dee. I'm taking the points here, and don't be surprised if the Torreros win outright.