San Francisco vs San Diego College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/31/20

San Francisco vs San Diego College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/31/20 Photo by Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Toreros (1-3) at San Francisco Dons (6-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm (War Memorial Gymnasium)

The Line: San Francisco Dons -13.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The San Diego Toreros and the San Francisco Dons meet in college basketball action from the War Memorial Gymnasium on Thursday.

The San Diego Toreros will be out to rebound after a frustrating 85-53 loss to UC-Irvine in their last matchup. Joey Calcaterra led the Toreros with 14 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 4 rebounds while Jared Rodriguez added 10 points on 3 of 4 shooting with a pair of threes as the only other double-digit scorer for San Diego in the losing effort. Calcaterra leads San Diego in scoring and assists with an average of 15.5 points and 2.3 assists per game while Yauhen Massalski leads the Toreros in rebounding with 8.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, San Diego is averaging 62.8 points on 38.1% shooting from the field, 35.5% from 3-point range and 73.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 77 points on 46.4% shooting from the field and 41.4% from 3-point range this season.

The San Francisco Dons will look to build off of a 68-65 win over Grand Canyon last time out. Khalil Shabazz led the Dons with 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 5 threes while Jamaree Bouyea added 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 3 triples and 3 assists. Julian Rishwain chipped in 11 points with 3 threes to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Dons in the winning effort while Dzmitry Ryuny added 8 points with team-highs of 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Bouyea leads San Francisco in scoring and assists with an average of 17.4 points and 4 assists per game while Ryuny leads the Dons on the glass with a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, San Francisco is averaging 76.1 points on 44.1% shooting from the field, 37.5% from 3-point range and 70.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.1 points on 41.3% shooting from the field and 26.7% from 3-point range this season.

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San Diego is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. San Francisco is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a win and 7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 games following an ATS loss while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

This feels like a lot of points to be giving up in what is one of the lower end rivalries in the WCC, but the thing is that this game will play out to what you normally wouldn’t associate with a rivalry, and that’s with one side taking this game handily. The Toreros just can’t keep points off of the board on one end and can’t put any on the board on the other and no matter what type of game you’re in, that’s a problem. San Francisco is battle tested and has come out on the right end of some of those battles and I don’t see San Diego posing much of a threat here. I’ll lay the points with San Francisco in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick San Francisco -13.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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