San Diego Toreros (10-7) vs. BYU Cougars (15-4)
January 20, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: BYU Cougars -15.5 / San Diego Toreros +15.5; Over/Under: -133.5
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The San Diego Toreros and the BYU Cougars meet in college basketball action from the Marriott Center on Thursday night.
The San Diego Toreros will look to build on a 70-65 win over Loyola Marymount last time out. Marcellus Earlington leads the Toreros in scoring and rebounding with 13.8 PPG and 6.8 RPG while Jase Townsend has 11.7 PPG with 3.6 RPG as the only other Torero to average double digits in scoring so far this season. Joey Calcaterra has 9.1 PPG while Terrell Brown has 8.8 PPG and 7.4 RPG and Bryce Monroe has a team-high 2.3 APG as well to lead San Diego in assists this season. As a team, San Diego is averaging 67.5 PPG on 43.5% shooting from the field, 34% from three and 71.1% from the foul line while allowing 62.5 PPG on 40.5% shooting from the field and 28.4% from three this season.
The BYU Cougars come into this one looking to build on their 71-69 road win over San Francisco last time out. Alex Barcello leads the Cougars with 18.6 PPG while Fousseyni Traore has a team-high 7.8 RPG to lead the Cougars on the glass and Te’Jon Lucas has 10.2 PPG with a team-high 4.7 APG to lead the Cougars in the assist department and to make up the other half of the pair of double-digit scorers for BYU so far this season. As a team, BYU is averaging 73.5 PPG on 44.3% shooting from the field, 36.2% from three and 73.5% from the foul line while allowing 64.8 PPG on 39.6% shooting from the field and 27.6% from three this season.
San Diego is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 games overall. BYU is 37-18-2 ATS in their last 57 Thursday games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 home games against a team with a losing road record while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record.
I get why you’d favor BYU here, but this still feels like a lot to be giving up with a Cougars team that’s nowhere near as consistent offensively as they’ve been in years past. San Diego’s far from a world-beater and likely end up on the losing end here, but I think this is just too many points. Give me San Diego and the points here.