WCC foes will collide when the Portland Pilots (9-9, 1-2 WCC) go head-to-head against the Pacific Tigers (14-5, 2-1 WCC) at the Earle A. Chiles Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020.
Pacific Tigers at Portland Pilots Betting Preview
In the Tigers’ last outing, they fell to the San Francisco Dons, 79-75. Pacific’s Jahlil Tripp contributed 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the contest. San Francisco had a free throw rate of 0.283 (above their season average of 0.222). Pacific, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 16.9).
The Pilots are hoping for a better outcome after their 96-70 loss to the BYU Cougars in their last outing. With 10 points and 10 rebounds, Portland’s Theo Akwuba played well. BYU had a turnover percentage of 6.2 (better than their season average of 15.6). Portland, meanwhile, did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (12-15; 80.0 percent).
It might be a tough game for Portland on the offensive glass. The Pilots currently rank 315th in offensive rebounding percentage (22.9 percent), while Pacific ranks fourth in defensive rebounding percentage (79.6 percent).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. The Tigers won both contests played against each other last season. In the most recent contest, Pacific won 74-70. Pacific out-rebounded Portland. The Tigers had 11 offensive rebounds and 42 total rebounds, while the Pilots had five and 26, respectively.
Pacific Tigers at Portland Pilots Odds Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Pacific, ATS Winner – Pacific, O/U – Under
The Pilots rank 224th in three pointers attempted per game (19.1) while the Tigers rank 275th (16.4).
Pacific ranks seventh in blocks allowed per game (2.1) while Portland ranks 18th (2.4).
Pacific ranks first in rebounds allowed per game (27.6) while Portland ranks 205th (37.2).
The Tigers rank 13th in assists allowed per game (9.3) while the Pilots rank 208th (14.8).
Pacific ranks 48th in steals allowed per game (5.6) while Portland ranks 113th (6.6).
The Pilots have been outscored by an average of 11.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Portland has defeated opponents by an average of 0.8 points.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 74.8 points per game (3.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.8 points per game (10.6 above their season average).