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#683 San Francisco vs.
#684 Cal State Fullerton
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 5:00pm EST
Written by Chris Kubala

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#683 University of San Francisco
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A pair of schools from the state of California take the hardwood when the WCC locks up with the Big West in non-conference action. The San Francisco Dons are on the road as they face the CSU Fullerton Titans Saturday afternoon. San Francisco comes in on the heels of a 76-64 home win over Cal in their last game back on December 4. CSU Fullerton was dropped 66-54 at home by San Diego in their previous contest Wednesday night. The Dons lead the all-time series 6-4 and have won the last two meetings, including a 68-54 home win in the most recent matchup on December 16, 2018.

San Francisco Dons Seek Second Straight Win

San Francisco is well rested for this game, having not played in a week and a half since their takedown of Cal. The Dons look for a second straight win following their lone two defeats on the year to Hawaii and Arizona State. San Francisco led by as many as 12 in the first half only to see their lead trimmed to two at halftime. The Dons scored the first six points of the second half to go up eight and didn’t let the Golden Bears closer than five the rest of the way. San Francisco shot 41.4 percent from the field, including 12 of 29 from three-point range, and forced 15 Cal turnovers in the game. Jimbo Lull led the Dons with 20 points and eight rebounds in the victory.

The Dons enter this game 11th in the nation in scoring offense with 84 points per game on the year. San Francisco is 68th in rebounding by pulling down 39.9 boards per contest while dishing out 12.7 assists a night, which is 249th in the country. The Dons are tied for 215th in scoring defense as they allow 70.5 points per game on the season. Charles Minlend is second on the team with 14.2 points plus 3.8 rebounds per contest. Jordan Ratinho adds 9.5 points a night while Jamaree Bouyea chips in a team-leading 14.8 points per contest. Jimbo Lull contributes 12.7 points plus eight rebounds per game while Khalil Shabazz puts up 10 points plus 3.9 boards per game. San Francisco shoots 45.5 percent from the field as a team on the season. The Dons knock down 10.9 triples per game while shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc on the year. San Francisco is good at the charity stripe, converting 74.1 percent of their attempts at the stripe this season.

CSU Fullerton Titans Try to Snap Skid at Five

CSU Fullerton gave it a shot but ended up on the short end against San Diego for their fifth straight loss. The Titans try to regroup and snap their losing skid in this contest. CSU Fullerton found themselves in a hole early on as they trailed 14-6 less than seven minutes in the game. The Titans clawed back to within three but gave up a 13-2 run to end the first half down 35-21. CSU Fullerton never seriously threatened the rest of the way. The Titans were held to 35 percent shooting from the floor, including seven of 25 from beyond the arc, and took a 49-31 beating on the glass. Davon Clare led CSU Fullerton with 12 points in the loss.

The Titans score an average of 60.4 points per game so far this season. CSU Fullerton pulls down 33.7 rebounds per contest (331st) while dishing out an average of 9.6 assists per game. The Titans are above average on the defensive end of the floor as they are 125th in the nation by allowing 65.6 points per game this season. Austen Awosika leads the team with 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. Brandon Kamga (11.5 points) and Wayne Arnold (11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds) are averaging in double figures this season for the Titans. Davon Clare, Vincent Lee and Tory San Antonio are key secondary options for the team this season. CSU Fullerton is shooting 39.5 percent from the floor. The Titans knock down 5.1 three pointers a game on 27.5 percent shooting from downtown this season. CSU Fullerton is mediocre at the charity stripe as they cash in 67 percent of their chances on the year.

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CSU Fullerton has had all kinds of problems offensively this season and that’s a major part of the team’s struggles. It’s hard to beat teams when you’re averaging just a shade over 60 points a night unless you’re Virginia. The Titans, clearly, are nowhere near the level of the defending national champions. San Francisco will run and gun teams into oblivion and they are prolific from beyond the arc. The Dons have depth and experience, even with a new coach this season. San Francisco may be slowed a bit by CSU Fullerton but they have enough firepower to come up with a win here.

Prediction: San Francisco Dons -8

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San Francisco will hammer teams into the ground with their offensive attack. The Dons hold a big advantage on the glass, which can work two ways. San Francisco can create second chance opportunities on the offensive end while limiting the Titans to one and done on their possessions. CSU Fullerton is good defending the three (opposing teams shoot 29.6 percent from beyond the arc), which will test San Francisco's mettle from the perimeter. Can the Titans do enough on that end of the floor to stay in the contest?

The under is 10-2 in the Dons' last 12 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. CSU Fullerton has seen the under go 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games and 13-3 in their last 16 games as a home underdog. This one falls short of the mark as the Titans scuffle on the offensive end in a double-digit loss.

Prediction: Under 139
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.