Portland Pilots vs. Sacramento State Hornets CIT Tournament - 3/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento State Hornets (20-11) at Portland Pilots (17-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)
The Line: Portland Pilots -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Portland Pilots welcome the Sacramento State Hornets to the Chiles Center in a CIT opener.
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The Portland Pilots were viewed as a team that had an outside chance at cracking the top four in the West Coast but that never came about with the team sporting an 8-12 mark in the conference with an overall mark of 17-15. The Pilots dropped four of five to finish the year after Brigham Young knocked them from the postseason on the WCC semifinals. Portland outscored opponents 70-68 which worked sometimes but not often enough. The team didn’t play many big names until league play began but they did beat Murray State early on. Kevin Bailey was the top scorer with 15 point with Alec Wintering scored 12 points and handing out 5.7 assists while Thomas van der Mars netted ten points and hauled in a team high eight rebounds.
There was a time when the Sacramento State Hornets were atop the Big Sky but a 3-4 end to the regular season and a loss to Eastern Washington in the conference semifinals ended all hopes of an NCAA appearance. The Hornets are 20-11 in their offense first MO as they score 71 points on 48.6% marksmanship while allowing 68 points on 46.5% so chances are that fans of offense would enjoy watching this team. Their #290 strength of schedule is a concern with Gonzaga the lone big non conference contest. The sore first Hornets are led by Mikh McKinney with 19 points and five helpers while Dylan Garrity added nearly 14 points. This wasn’t a two trick pony with five players contributing between 4-9+ points.
The Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 6-1-2 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game. Sacramento State are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss. The Pilots are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Sky and are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games. Portland are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Portland defeated the Hornets by five on the road early and they win again but hopefully not big…