BYU vs. San Diego - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Toreros (18-12) at BYU Cougars (22-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: BYU Cougars -5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some West Coast conference tournament quarterfinals acton on Saturday as the #6 seed San Diego Toreros take on the #3 seed BYU Cougars.
The San Diego Toreros come into this one as the #6 seed in the WCC tournament after finishing the season with a 9-9 conference record as part of their 18-12 overall mark this season. The Toreros started the year strong, going 12-3 including a 3-0 start to conference play with a win over Colorado on the road to boot. Consistency became a problem for the Toreros down the stretch, following that up with 4 losses in their next 5 games and splitting their last 10 games down the stretch. Isaiah Pineiro leads San Diego with an average of 15.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while Isaiah Wright leads the Toreros in assists with 5.3 assists per game this season. As a team, San Diego is scoring 69.2 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the arc and 70.8% from the foul line this season.
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The BYU Cougars got their hands on the #3 seed in the conference tournament after finishing conference play 11-7 as part of their 22-9 overall record this season. The Cougars used an 8 game winning streak to push to an 11-2 start. The Cougars longest win streak in conference hit 4 games to sit at 6-2, including a win over these same Toreros and also strung a 3 game winning streak together late with back-to-back overtime wins over Pepperdine and San Francisco. Elijah Bryant led the Cougars in the regular season with 17.6 points per game while Yoeli Childs led BYU on the glass with 8.7 rebounds per game and TJ Haws led Brigham Young in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, BYU is scoring 74 points per game on 48.3% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the arc and 75% from the foul line this season.
San Diego is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 neutral site games. BYU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups and 16-37-1 ATS in their last 54 neutral site games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. The over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
The neutral site washes out any advantage here as both teams won in this matchup on their respective home floor this season. All in all, I think BYU will advance but the Toreros have enough going for them on both sides of the ball to make a game out of this, so I’ll take a shot at San Diego and the points.