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San Diego is still searching for its first WCC win on the season. The Toreros have gone 0-5 in conference play so far. On Saturday, they travel to Portland to face the Pilots, a team they've done well against, going 8-2 SU in their last 10 meetings.
Meanwhile, Portland hasn't fared much better in conference play. They're 1-3 so far and have been on a losing skid, where they've gone 1-7 SU in their last eight games.
Saturday's contest takes place at the Earle A. Chiles Center with tip-off scheduled for 10 p.m. EST.
San Diego hopes to snap its offensive woes on the roadSan Diego's offense struggles on the road where they score 63 points per game on 41% shooting. On Saturday, they face a Portland defense that holds opponents to 64 points per game on 39% shooting.
With this in mind, the Toreros could hold the advantage if they can push the tempo. San Diego is 92nd nationally in adjusted tempo while Portland prefers to play a slower-paced game, as they're 217th nationally in adjusted tempo.
By running a brisk pace, it could create easier scoring opportunities. One player who could benefit from these is Braun Hartfield. On the road, he's been consistent, scoring 11 points per game on 39% shooting. He, along with the rest of the guards must push the pace to give San Diego the advantage.
The Pilots' offense searching for signature performanceOffensively, Portland is average on its home court. They score 68 points per game and make 44% of their shots. They could have ample opportunities to score on Saturday when they face a San Diego defense that's struggled with consistency.
The Toreros allow opponents to score 71 points per game on 45% shooting. One area where the Pilots want to gain an advantage is on the perimeter, where they make almost 39% of their three-point shots.
The player to watch in this game is Isaiah White. White is coming off a zero-point performance in 21 minutes played in Portland's loss to Pacific. However, on the season, he's been steady at home, where he averages 10 points per game on 42% shooting.
How he performs determines how well the Pilots' offense plays.
Trends found on Odds Shark.com Portland is:
- 1-7 SU in last 8 games
San Diego is:
- 0-5 SU in last 5 games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
San Diego's defensive liabilities prove to be the difference in this one. The Toreros allow opponents to score 71 points per game on 45% shooting, opening up the doors for the Pilots' offense to have easier scoring opportunities. Moreover, when San Diego has the ball, they've struggled on the road to score points, averaging only 63 per game. And they're facing a pretty good Portland offense that contains teams to 64 points per game. These factors show the Pilots will win this one.
Full-Game Total Pick
Neither of these offenses will wow you with their versatility. San Diego is wildly inconsistent on the road, scoring only 63 points per game. And for as good as Portland has been at home, they're leading scorer White, might be in a slump. In addition, when these two teams play it tends to be lower-scoring, as the total has been Under in five of their last six meetings. Because of this, the safe bet is to take the Under in this one.