Pepperdine vs San Francisco Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/24/24

San Francisco (21-7) vs Pepperdine (12-17)

Game Info: Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 10:00 pm (War Memorial Gymnasium)

Betting Odds: San Francisco -14 - Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Francisco Dons will host the Pepperdine Waves for a Big West matchup this Saturday from the War Memorial Gymnasium on ESPN+. USF leads the current series, 87-54, and they enter as 14-point home favorites, with the total hovering 149.5. Stay tuned for our Pepperdine vs San Francisco Prediction. 

Pepperdine Waves Preview

Pepperdine moved to 12-17 after defeating Pacific in Stockton, 89-70. The Waves used a fast start to cruise to a win over the Tigers, and they’ll seek similar success this Saturday night in the Bay. Pepperdine is scoring 72.6 points per game, on 45.1% shooting, while allowing 65.3 ppg, and they’re currently 6th in the WCC with a 5-9 record in conference play. The Waves are 3-7 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 3-7 on the road this season. 

Pepperdine’s Impact Players

  • Junior guard Michael Ajayi went for a game-high 26 points in the win over Portland, and he leads Pepperdine in scoring (17.3) and rebounding (9.3).
  • Veteran guard Houston Mallette has reached double figures in five of the previous seven games, and he’s averaging 15.3 ppg. 
  • Columbia native Jevon Porter led the way with 26 points in the January 11th win over Pacific, and he’s third on the team at 15.0 ppg. 

San Francisco Dons Preview

San Francisco moved to 21-7 after losing to Saint Mary’s in Moraga by four, 70-66. The Dons gave the conference-leading Gaels a real run for their money, and they’ll look to respond swiftly here versus the Waves. USF is scoring 79.9 points per game, on 50.4% shooting, while allowing 62.3 ppg, and they’re currently 1st in the WCC with a 10-3 record in conference play. The Dons are 7-3 over their last ten games, and they’re 13-1 in San Francisco this season. 

USF’s Impact Players

  • Junior forward Jonathan Mogbo put it on Pacific with a 30-point, 18-board double-double in the OT victory, and he leads USF in scoring (14.8) and rebounding (10.6). 
  • Veteran guard Marcus Williams has dished out six assists or more in four of the previous five games, and he’s averaging 14.3 ppg and a team-leading 3.8 apg. 
  • USC transfer Malik Thomas has started to find his groove in the Bay, and after scoring 19 points or more in three of the four contests, he’s scoring 10.1 ppg.  

Pepperdine vs San Francisco Trends

  • PEP is 12-15 against the spread, with a 15-12 O/U record
  • USF is 16-11 ATS, with a 14-13 over/under record.

Pepperdine vs San Francisco Prediction

San Francisco shouldn’t hang their heads after falling to Saint Mary’s on the road by such a narrow margin, and they should have little trouble bouncing back here against Pepperdine. The Waves have been good at beating the bad teams in the conference, as they’ve already been swept by Gonzaga and Santa Clara, and they’ll likely suffer the same fate after facing Saint Mary’s and San Francisco to close the season. Let’s lean on a strong response from the Dons here, and back them for this in-state battle.

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