The San Diego Toreros (15-9, 6-6 WCC), 6.5-point favorites, will be at Firestone Fieldhouse to challenge the Pepperdine Waves (4-20, 1-11 WCC) in a WCC matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 140.5 points and it can be seen on ESPN Full Court at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
San Diego Toreros at Pepperdine Waves ATS Odds
Both teams lost in their last game. The Waves fell to the Pacific Tigers, 81-72, while the Toreros lost a tough one against the 13th-ranked Saint Mary’s Gaels, 65-62.
San Diego had a turnover percentage of 8.3 (better than their season average of 17.6) while Pepperdine did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (19-24; 79.2 percent). Pepperdine received a boost from Eric Cooper Jr., who had 19 points. Isaiah Pineiro, meanwhile had a solid performance for San Diego, finishing with 24 points.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams clash. Pepperdine currently ranks 262nd in possessions per game (68.0) and San Diego is 315th (66.4).
Vegas has a tendency to set the total high when the Toreros are involved, as 11 of their 19 games have gone under the O/U total. San Diego comes into the contest with records of 15-9 straight up (SU) and 9-9-1 against the spread (ATS).
Contrary to San Diego, games involving the Waves have a tendency to go over the total (56.5 percent). Moreover, Pepperdine is 4-20 SU and 6-16-1 ATS.
In their first matchup this year, Olin Carter III led the Toreros to a 74-66 victory. He was the game’s top overall scorer with 27 points. The two teams combined to score 140 points, which was just over the projected point total of 137.5, and San Diego was unable to cover as a 10-point favorite. Making free throws was one of San Diego’s biggest strengths. They were 17-21 (81.0 percent), while the Waves were 13-17 (76.5 percent).
San Diego Toreros at Pepperdine Waves ATS Pick
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – San Diego, ATS Winner – San Diego, O/U – Under
San Diego ranks second in assists allowed per game (8.9) while Pepperdine ranks 266th (18.2).
The Toreros rank fourth in three pointers allowed per game (15.9) while the Waves rank 217th (23.5).
San Diego ranks 31st in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while Pepperdine ranks 183rd (4.5).
Pepperdine is 2-10 ATS at home, while San Diego is 5-4 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 5 of the Toreros’ 9 road games, while 7 of the Waves’ 12 home games have gone over.
The Toreros are 3-1-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Waves are 1-4.
In their last five games, San Diego has 4 unders and 1 over, while Pepperdine has 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Toreros have been outscored by an average of 2.8 points in their last five games. For the season, San Diego has defeated opponents by an average of 5.2 points.
During their last five games, the Waves have scored an average of 70.2 points per game (1.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.8 points per game (2.6 below their season average).