The San Francisco Dons will host the Portland Pilots at War Memorial Gymnasium on Thursday night. With only two games remaining in the regular season, the Dons have at least the number 6 seed in the West Coast Conference Tournament locked up, and trail Pepperdine by half a game for the number five seed. The Dons actually might be better off staying in the current number 6 spot. Although there is plenty of work to be done, if we take a look ahead, the number 5 seed could run into Gonzaga in the WCC Tournament semi-finals, while the number six seed could not play the Zags until the conference championship game.
Portland is 1-13 and currently is the last place in the WCC. Portland is on a 12 game losing streak and has been the underdog in 11 of those 12 games. Ironically, Portland’s only conference win came at home against San Fransico, 76-65. Portland was a 10.5 point underdog going into that game.
Portland goes for sweep against San FrancisoPortland’s win over San Franciso on Jan. 4 is the only game that the Pilots have won in the last 18 games that they have played. Portland has also only covered the spread in four of those 18 games.
Pilots put up a strong fight in the second half, but LMU takes the game in the end. Walker contributed 12 points to the team and Diabate contributed 11 points and 6 rebounds! #GoPilots pic.twitter.com/a2b225bCnK— Portland Men's Basketball (@PilotHoops) February 23, 2020
It won’t be an easy task if the Pilots want to complete the series sweep on the road. The Pilots leading scorer Isaiah White, who averages 12.2 points per game, is questionable with an undisclosed injury after sitting out in Portland’s 66-58 loss to Loyola Marymount on Saturday. White also missed the game against San Fransico earlier this season.
On the season, Portland is averaging 66.6 points per game and allowing 71.7 points per contest. According to KenPom, Portland is ranked 288th in the country, 316th adjusted offensive efficiency, and 218th in adjusted defensive efficiency.
San Franciso looking for revengeWith a BPI rating of 88th in the country, San Fransico appears to be in line for one of the post-season tournaments in March, if they are unable to win the West Coast Conference Tournament. San Fransico defeated Pepperdine 63-61 in overtime on Saturday. Charles Minlend, who leads the team with 14.7 points per game, had a team-high 19 points against Pepperdine.
Senior Night is Thursday night!— USF Basketball (@USFDonsMBB) February 25, 2020
Leading up to the game we will have a video every day with one of our three seniors talking about their experience on the Hilltop.
First up, senior guard @JRat_25! #USFDons | #WCCHoops pic.twitter.com/7suOIpKWeH
On the season, San Fransico is averaging 74.7 points per game and allowing 69.6 points per contest. According to KenPom, San Fransico is ranked 90th in the country, 90th adjusted offensive efficiency, and 99th in adjusted defensive efficiency.
- Portland is 4-14-1 ATS in last 19 games
- Portland is 1-5-1 ATS in last 7 games as an underdog