San Diego at San Francisco: 3/4/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

San Diego at San Francisco: 3/4/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Dons (10-13) vs San Diego Toreros (3-10)

Game Info: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Orleans Arena)

Betting Odds: San Francisco Dons -8.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Diego Toreros and San Francisco Dons will square off at Orleans Arena in the 1st round of the West Coast Conference Tournament this Thursday night.

The San Diego Toreros finished their regular season with an overall record of 3-10 and earned the 9-seed in the West Coast Conference Tournament after finishing conference play with a 2-7 record. It was tough for San Diego to get on the court this season as the Toreros were affected by Covid-19 protocols as much as any team and had 18 games cancelled throughout the season. San Diego struggled on both ends of the court this season and currently rank just 267th in scoring offense, 313th in scoring defense, & 319th in defensive FG%. San Diego’s best win of the season came on the road in a 71-60 victory at Santa Clara, however, the Toreros come into this game with a little momentum as they lost their last three games which included a 106-69 loss against Gonzaga.

On the season, San Diego is averaging 67.4 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Toreros are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego has been led by Joey Calcaterra (13.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Josh Parrish (10.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Yauhen Massalski (9.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.1 bpg), & Ben Pyle (5.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg).

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Defensively, San Diego is allowing their opponents to average 77.8 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Toreros have a rebound margin of -5.8 and a turnover margin of 0.1.

The San Francisco Dons finished their regular season with an overall record of 10-13 and earned the 8-seed in the West Coast Conference Tournament after finishing conference play with a 4-9 record. San Francisco came into this season with high expectations and have a talented team, however, the Dons just had trouble picking wins on the season. San Francisco was average on both sides of the ball and come into this game ranked 163rd in scoring offense, 10th in three-pointers made per game, & 175th in scoring defense. San Francisco’s best win on the season came early in the year when they upset the 4th ranked Virginia Cavaliers, however, the Dons do not come into the WCC Tournament with much momentum as they have lost their last 6 games.

On the season, San Francisco is averaging 71.9 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Dons are averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Francisco has been led by Jamaree Bouyea (17.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Khalil Shabazz (15.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.9 spg), Dzmitry Ryuny (8.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg), & Taavi Jurkatamm (5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, San Francisco is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Dons have a rebound margin of -17 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Toreros are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Dons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

San Francisco has struggled over the past few weeks, but there is no doubt that they have the talent and experience to make a run in the WCC Tournament as they two outstanding players in Jamaree Bouyea & Khalil Shabazz. San Diego played well against Pepperdine in their 90-84 loss against Pepperdine, however, this is just a team that has not beaten anybody that significant this season and lost to San Francisco by an 80-72 margin in late December. San Francisco has an offense that can put points if they get hot from beyond the arc and as the Toreros just do not have a defense that can slow anyone down, I think the play here is to take San Francisco to cover this spread. Good Luck!

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