Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Coyotes and Toreros. The game is starting at 10:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Toreros at Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, CA. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Toreros as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 160 points.


The Pick: South Dakota Coyotes +8.5

This game will be played at Jenny Craig Pavilion at 10:00 ET on Thursday, December 21st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Toreros.
  • Even though we have San Diego winning straight-up, we like South Dakota at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 160 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will South Dakota Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

After a dozen games, South Dakota currently holds a record of 7-5. In their last ten road games, which includes those from last year, South Dakota has gone 3-7. South Dakota currently has an ATS record below .500 at 3-5. In their last ten games this season, South Dakota has gone 2-2 vs. the spread.

So far, South Dakota's games have averaged 159.4 points per game with the average over/under line being 146.1 points. The Coyotes' last five games have finished with a combined 164 points per game and an over/under record of 3-1.

The South Dakota offense is coming off a game in which they scored 76 points vs. Bakersfield. Overall their field goal percentage was 50% while connecting on 8 threes. Lahat Thioune is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.2 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Bostyn Holt brings a PPG average of 11.2 into the game.

At present, the Coyotes' defense is nationally ranked 130th, allowing 69.8 points per game. In their most recent game, the South Dakota defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Bakersfield knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 96 points.

Can the Toreros Pull Off a Home Win?

San Diego's game against South Dakota will be their 13th of the season. So far, the Toreros have played all of their games on the road and currently have a record of 8-4. As of now, San Diego holds a 3-6 record against the spread for the season. In their previous ten games, San Diego has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 12 games, San Diego has an over/under record of 5-4-0, with their games averaging 146.1 points per game on average. In the Toreros' last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 158 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 3-2.

The San Diego offense is coming off a game where they scored 81 points against Utah State. They posted a field goal percentage of 48.4% and connected on 9 threes. Deuce Turner is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.1 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Wayne McKinney II brings a PPG average of 13.9 into the game.

So far, the Toreros' defense is ranked 103rd in the country at 67.9 points per contest. In today's game vs. South Dakota, the San Diego defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, San Diego made 23 free-throws vs. the Toreros.