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Northern Arizona vs San Diego 12/18/21 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

San Diego Toreros (6-5) vs. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (4-6)
December 18, 2021 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks +2.5 / San Diego Toreros -2.5; Over/Under: -128.5
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The San Diego Toreros and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks meet in college basketball action from the Footprint Center on Saturday night.

The San Diego Toreros will look to build on an 84-55 win over subdivision Cal Lutheran last time out. Marcellus Earlington leads the Toreros in scoring and rebounding with 12.8 PPG and 6.3 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 9.9 PPG while Terrell Brown has 8 PPG and 8.1 RPG in 8 games and Bryce Monroe has a team-high 2.5 APG as well to lead San Diego in assists this season. As a team, San Diego is averaging 67.2 PPG on 44.4% shooting from the field, 39.5% from three and 69.1% from the foul line while allowing 58.6 PPG on 40% shooting from the field and 27.6% from three this season.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will try to bounce back from a 76-71 overtime loss at the hands of South Dakota in their last game. Jalen Cone leads the Lumberjacks in scoring with 17.4 PPG along with 3.2 APG while Nik Mains has 11.7 PPG with 5.6 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Northern Arizona so far this season. Keith Haymon has 9.3 PPG while Carson Towt has 8.2 PPG with team-highs of 10 RPG and 3.6 APG to lead the Lumberjacks in rebounds and assists as well this season. As a team, Northern Arizona is averaging 69.8 PPG on 41.7% shooting from the field, 36% from three and 70.9% from the foul line while allowing 72.1 PPG on 43.1% shooting from the field and 31.5% from three this season.

San Diego is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. Northern Arizona is 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games against a team with a losing road record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall.

I get the case to be made for San Diego laying the points here, but the Toreros have had scoring issues for much of the season and I’m not sure how comfortable I am with laying points on the road here. Northern Arizona is far from a world-beater, but they usually do a good job against teams that are on their level and I think San Diego is around that tier so give me the Lumberjacks and the points here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Northern Arizona +2.5

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