San Francisco Dons (21-11) at Pacific Tigers (23-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Pacific Tigers +3 -- Over/Under: 134 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The San Francisco Dons and the Pacific Tigers meet in a WCC tournament third round matchup from the Orleans Arena on Saturday night.
The San Francisco Dons punched their ticket to the third round after picking up an 82-53 win over Loyola Marymount last time out. Charles Minlend leads San Francisco in scoring with 14.1 PPG while Jamaree Bouyea has 12.5 PPG and a team-high 3.5 APG this season. Jimbo Lull is averaging 11.7 PPG and 7.7 RPG while Khalil Shabazz has 10.4 PPG this season as well. As a team, San Francisco is averaging 74.7 points on 43.6% shooting from the field, 33.6% from 3-point range and 72.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.4 points on 45% shooting from the field and 38.3% from 3-point range this season.
The Pacific Tigers come into the conference tournament as the #4 seed, finishing the year with an 11-5 conference record as part of their 23-9 overall mark this season, losing out on a tiebreaker with Saint Mary’s for the #3 seed. Jahlil Tripp leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding with 15.8 PPG and 8.8 RPG while Justin Moore has 8.3 PPG and Gary Chivichyan has 7.8 PPG this season. Pierre Crockrell II leads Pacific in assists with 3.3 APG this season. As a team, Pacific is averaging 70.2 points on 45.5% shooting from the field, 34.4% from 3-point range and 66.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.3 points on 41.2% shooting from the field and 33.5% from 3-point range this season.
I don't know maybe I'm missing something, but I'm not sure why San Francisco is favored here. I mean we've seen it already with teams that have had a game to shake off the rust beat the teams that have had byes, but for much of the season I thought Pacific was the better team and I'm just chalking this up to another game where Pacific is getting zero respect. I'll take the points with the Tigers in a game I think Pacific wins outright.