San Diego Toreros vs Cal Poly Mustangs Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Diego Toreros vs Cal Poly Mustangs
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Robert A. Mott Athletics Center in San Luis Obispo, CA
Odds/Point Spread: San Diego (-3.5)
The San Diego Toreros (0-2) go to Robert A. Mott Athletics Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Cal Poly Mustangs (2-2). San Diego opens this contest as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 142.5.
San Diego heads into this one with a mark of 0-2 this season. The Toreros are hitting 37.3% on 3-point shots (19 of 51) and 67.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 64.0 points per game (282nd in Division 1) while connecting on 34.7% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 13.0 times per game and as a team they commit 17.0 fouls per game. As a team, San Diego is pulling in 34.0 rebounds per game and has 24 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 302nd in D-1 in terms of passing. Defensively, the Toreros are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game and they draw 17.0 personal fouls. The Toreros defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.0% (57 of 124) and they relinquish 42.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 32nd in D-1 in giving up assists with 29 surrendered so far this year. They are giving up 47.1% from beyond the arc and they rank 291st in D-1 in points per game allowed (81.0).
The San Diego Toreros stepped onto the hardwood against the Nevada Wolf Pack and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 79-72 in their last game. San Diego walked away from the contest having earned a 38.1% field goal percentage (24 of 63) and knocked down 11 of their 32 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Toreros converted 13 of 19 shots for a percentage of 68.4%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they earned a total of 32 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 12 assists for this contest as well as getting 4 steals and 6 blocked shots. When talking about defense, San Diego allowed the other team to go 38.1% from the floor on 24 of 63. Nevada distributed 14 assists and 6 steals in the game. In addition, the Wolf Pack grabbed 29 boards (1 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Nevada finished the game shooting 88.2% from the charity stripe by burying 15 of 17 attempts. They buried 10 of their 21 tries from downtown.
Joey Calcaterra is one player who was a contributor in this matchup. He scored 12 points on 3 of 12 shooting. He played 27 minutes played and collected 2 rebounds. Calcaterra shot 25.0% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in this contest for the Toreros was Frankie Hughes. He collected 2 rebounds and collected 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 42.9% from the field in this contest by going 6-of-14 (22 points). When the game finished, Hughes was on the court for 27 minutes.
Cal Poly has a record of 2-2 for the year. As an offensive team, the Mustangs are hitting on 43.8% from the floor, which ranks 218th in college basketball. Cal Poly has 304 pts this season (76.0 per contest) and they snag 39.5 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 16.8 times per game (60th in the nation) and they turn it over 13.5 times per game. The Mustangs are responsible for committing 17.8 fouls per contest and they hit 75.3% from the charity stripe. The Mustangs defensively are ranked 176th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 70.3. They have forced 16.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.1% from the floor (160th in the country). The Cal Poly defense gives up 33.3% on 3-pointers (29 of 87) and their opponents are converting on 62.1% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 11.0 dimes and 35.8 boards per contest, which has them ranked 84th and 171st in the nation.
The last time they took the court, the Cal Poly Mustangs took home the win by a final score of 75-71 when they faced the San Jose State Spartans. The Mustangs recorded 31 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 for the contest. They also turned away 6 shots while earning 5 steals in the game. The Spartans committed 21 fouls in this game which got the Mustangs to the charity stripe for a total of 26 shots. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throws for a percentage of 80.8%. Concerning shots from beyond the perimeter, Cal Poly converted 4 of 13 attempts (30.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Mustangs finished 25 out of 57 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.9%. The Mustangs permitted the Spartans to convert 22 out of 62 tries from the floor which had them at 35.5% for the matchup. They went 28.6% from distance by shooting 6 of 21 and ended up going 21 out of 33 from the free throw line (63.6%). Concerning how they rebounded, Cal Poly allowed San Jose State to pull down 32 overall (8 offensive).
Mark Crowe was pivotal for the Mustangs for the game. He knocked down 2 of 5 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 40.0%, which earned him 8 points. Crowe snagged 2 rebounds in his 33 mins and accounted for 2 dimes for the contest. Someone else that played a role for Cal Poly was Keith Smith. He walked away with 13 points in 30 minutes on the court by going 5 out of 12 from the floor in the game. Smith walked away from this one going 41.7% from the floor in addition to earning 5 dimes and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Diego (-3.5)
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