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Pilots visit San Francisco Dons in college basketball clash

Portland PilotsSan Francisco Dons
March 1, 9:00 PM | Orleans Arena

Portland Pilots vs San Francisco Dons Odds

7-23TEAM RECORD18-12

Portland travels to San Francisco on Thursday, hoping to boost its 7-23 record with a victory over the Dons.

The West Coast Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Orleans Arena.

The Pilots will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 13-16 ATS against the number this season, while the Dons are 14-11 ATS. Portland is 15-14 on the totals; San Francisco is 16-9.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Dons sit at No. 219 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pilots sit at No. 305 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Dons will win this game 76-61.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Pilots is ranked No. 233 in NCAA hoops at 33.3 per game. Contrast that with San Francisco’s No. 233 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, San Francisco is the No. 118-ranked team in the country at 6.7 per game, while Portland rates No. 281 at 5.1 per game.

Defensively, Portland features the nation's No. 336-rated defense on the road, allowing 80.3 points per game. San Francisco, meanwhile, comes in at No. 56 nationally in scoring at home.

Portland was a 74-70 winner in its last match at home against Santa Clara. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. Portland got 24 points and 11 rebounds from Ryan Nicholas en route to a 74-70 victory over Santa Clara on Wednesday at Orleans Arena.

Last time out for San Francisco, they were a 67-60 loser as they battled St. Mary's at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog. Cody Doolin scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Dons to a win (they lost 67-60 to St. Mary's at War Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday).