4* CBB NO BRAINER on Portland +
Portland vs. San Francisco,
02/14/2013 22:00 EDT,
Score: 78 - 76
Point Spread: +10/-105 Portland
Both Portland and San Francisco are average teams so it is surprising to see the Pilots getting so many points here. This matchup falls into a system to play on road underdogs in a game involving two average free throw shooting teams (65-69%) and average ball handling team (14.5-17.5 TO's) when that road dog is playing against a team that forces less than 14.5 turnovers. This system is 133-86 over the last 5 seasons.
The Pilots have managed to get off to some great starts defensively when playing on the road holding teams to 32.5 points at the half. They do not give up many rebounds allowing teams only 8 offensive rebounds and 32 total for the game, a feat with ranks them 78th among the 347 division one college basketball teams.
Against common opponents these teams share a similar record with the Pilots at 2-8 and the Dons at 3-7. These teams played in Portland on January 24th in a battle that could have gone either way. San Francisco ended up edging out the Pilots by three points, but this game should play similar to the last one.