Pacific-San Diego: College Basketball Feb. 21, 2009 Against the Spread

ryan johCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2009

Pacific (14-10) at San Diego (13-14)

Game Time: 9:00 PM ET

Game Line: USD -1

How did San Diego cover the spread against Saint Mary’s? They suspended their best guard Trumaine Johnson. They were missing their point guard Brandon Johnson, who is out with an injury, and the Gaels are normally lights out at home. The whole game to me seemed strange.

Gyno Pomare was the difference for the Toreros. The senior forward had 25 points and eight rebounds in the close loss to Saint Mary’s. He played exceptionally well on defense and played with a lot of heart.

In a non-conference game, I don’t see how San Diego could get the same level of effort from their players. Avenging a conference rival like Saint Mary’s is one thing, but playing a team like Pacific who they know nothing about and getting motivated is completely different.

This game was scheduled as a bracket buster for San Diego in what was expected to be a breakout year for the Toreros. USD beat UConn in the NCAA tournament last year, and a lot was expected of them this year after returning all 10 contributors.

A lot has changed since then.

This is not a very important game for Pacific either. The Tigers are 14-10 on the year, and if they have any hopes of making it to the NCAA tournament, they will have to win their conference.

In a non-conference matchup with nothing on the line, I think the better team covers the spread. The better team is Pacific.

The Pick: Pacific