Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#7929 Pacific vs.
#7930 San Diego
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 3:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

The San Diego Toreros will host the Pacific Tigers in a West Coast battle on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers earned their fourth conference win with a convincing road win over Portland last time out.

The Toreros were demolished by Gonzaga on Saturday. The Tigers defeated San Diego in both meetings last year.

Pacific Returns to Win Column with Blowout Win

The Pacific Tigers enter this one with confidence. Pacific was tabbed as large 13 point favorites in a dominating 80-58 road win over Portland on Saturday to improve their conference record to 4-6. The Tigers ended a two-game slide with the victory. Pacific has been involved in close games including an OT loss to BYU. They have covered the spread in six of their 10 West Coast games on the season.

Daniss Jenkins posted 13 points in Saturday’s winning effort. The sophomore guard has only scored double-digits in two out of his last four games and is sporting an average of 12.4 PPG on 40% shooting. Jeremiah Bailey is zoned in, sinking over 20 points in two out of his last four clashes. The junior forward has tallied an average of 11.7 PPG along with 6.3 RPG. Broc Finstuen has converted at least 60% of his shot attempts in six consecutive bouts. The senior guard has increased his season average to 10.7 PPG.

The Tigers are ranked 126th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and recorded one win in their five conference road games. Pacific is scoring an average of 70.1 points, landing them 215th in DI. They are allowing an average of 71.2 points, placing them at 207th overall.

San Diego Clobbered by Gonzaga

The San Diego Toreros head into this one a loser of two out of their last three games. It was an automatic loss in their latest action against #1 Gonzaga, losing 106-69 in a clash that had San Diego labeled as huge 32 point dogs. Overall, the Toreros have been competitive recently and stand at 2-5 in West Coast action this season. They have covered in five of their seven conference games.

Joey Calcaterra only scored 10 points in Saturday’s defeat. The junior guard is a threat from three-point range where he owns a 41.7% efficiency and features an average of 13.7 PPG. Josh Parrish is very effective and has shot at least 50% in all but three games this season. The senior forward owns an average of 10.9 PPG and 4.1 RPG. Vladimir Pinchuk has netted double-digits in five out of his last six games. The junior center has filed an average of 8.6 PPG and 5.2 RPG.

The Toreros are placed down at 189th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings. San Diego often has trouble offensively and is averaging 65.9 points on the season, ranking them down at 298th in the country. They are squandering an average of 76.8 points, pegging them 308th overall.

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Pacific is coming off a dominating 80-58 road win over Portland and overall this team is very competitive on the road. They recently only lost by four points to Loyola Marymount and also took a good BYU team to overtime on the road. San Diego is having a terrible season and has now lost six out of their last eight games overall.

Furthermore, San Diego is awful defensively, surrendering an average of 80 points in their last four clashes. This is key as the Tigers are having no issues generating offense, collecting at least 76 points in three out of their last four bouts.

Prediction: Pacific Tigers -2.5

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The Tigers should pile on the points against a San Diego State that has not been able to contain their opposition. They give up a ton of threes and opponents are shooting over 46% from the field against San Diego this season. The over is also 4-0 in the Toreros last four games after conceding more than 90 points in their previous game.

In addition, Pacific isn’t a strong defensive squad either. They have given up at least 80 points in two out of their last three clashes. The over is 4-1 in the Tigers’ last five road games.

Prediction: Over

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The Tigers should have another big game offensively. San Diego has squandered at least 79 points in three out of their last four home games. Also, Pacific is thriving on the road where they have accumulated 76 or more points in each of their last three tilts.

Prediction: Pacific Team Total Over 69.5

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Pacific should have a decent lead at halftime. They scored 47 points in the opening half on Saturday and are up against a San Diego team that has squandered 38.3 points in the opening half in their last three games. Also, San Diego is one of the lowest-scoring teams in the first half where they are only posting 30.1 points.

Prediction: Pacific
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Written By Adam Rauzino , "Adam Rauzino"

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball, and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.