The San Diego Toreros (7-13, 0-5 WCC), who are currently on a five-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they travel to Earle A. Chiles Center to clash with the Portland Pilots (9-10, 1-3 WCC). Action starts at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
San Diego Toreros vs. Portland Pilots Free Preview
In the Toreros’ last outing, they got blown out by the BYU Cougars, 93-70. With 21 points on 6-for-14 shooting, Braun Hartfield led San Diego in scoring. BYU had a much better turnover percentage (12.6 vs. 20.2). San Diego, on the other hand, held the Cougars to an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.4 (below the 26.0 mark opponents have averaged against San Diego this season).
The Pilots are hoping for a better outcome after their 65-55 loss to the Pacific Tigers in their last game. Malcolm Porter was the top scorer from either team with 17 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Pacific held the Pilots to an effective field goal percentage of 0.343 (below their season average of 0.520). Portland, meanwhile, held the Tigers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.8 (below their season average of 34.9).
Second-chance opportunities might be hard to find for Portland in this contest. The Pilots currently rank 321st in offensive rebounding percentage (22.7 percent), while San Diego ranks 94th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.3 percent). Additionally, the Toreros rank 274th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.194), while the Pilots rank 37th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.163).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Toreros won all three games last season. In the most recent matchup, San Diego won 67-47. The Toreros dominated every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.6 and a turnover percentage of 13.0. The Pilots were 11.8 and 22.4, respectively, for those same stats.
San Diego Toreros vs. Portland Pilots ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Portland, ATS Winner – Portland, O/U – Over
Portland is 26th in the country with 2.5 blocks allowed per game while San Diego is 60th with 3.0 blocks allowed per game.
The Pilots have been outscored by an average of 10.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Portland has defeated opponents by an average of 0.2 points.
During their last five games, the Toreros have scored an average of 63.8 points per game (0.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 83.2 points per game (15.2 above their season average).