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San Francisco Dons vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

Loyola Marymount Lions (10-4) at San Francisco Dons (8-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm (War Memorial Gymnasium)

The Line: San Francisco Dons -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The San Francisco Dons and the Loyola Marymount Lions face off on Thursday in WCC college basketball action.

The San Francisco Dons are 8-6 on the season and they are 1-1 to start West Coast Conference play. USF is 6-3 at home this season and they haven’t beaten a team with a RPI better than 100. Cole Dickerson is averaging 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game to lead the Dons. Mark Tollefsen is averaging 12.4 points, Avry Holmes is averaging 10.3 points, and Kruize Pinkins is averaging 11.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. San Francisco is averaging 79.1 points and they are shooting 49.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 76.6 points and their opponents shoot 47.2 percent. San Francisco’s schedule gets more difficult as the season goes on.

San Francisco Dons vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

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The Loyola Marymount Lions have won four games in a row and are 2-0 thus far in WCC play. LMU is 5-0 at home this season and 2-2 on the road. Anthony Ireland is averaging 18.1 points and 5.7 assists per game to lead the Lions. Evan Payne is averaging 15.1 points, Gabe Levin is averaging 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds, and Ben Dickinson is averaging 9.9 points. Loyola Marymount is averaging 79.3 points and they are shooting 45.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 76.1 points and their opponents are shooting 45.3 percent. Loyola Marymount is impressive at 10-4 but it has come against the 283rd ranked schedule in the nation.

San Francisco is 7-0 against the spread following a loss by 20 or more points, 22-6 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 36-17-1 against the spread in their last 54 games overall. Loyola Marymount is 6-1 against the spread against the WCC, 6-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 road games. The road team is 8-1 against the spread in the last nine meetings of these two.

I am liking Loyola Marymount here at the very least with the points though I do believe they have a chance to win. 

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Loyola Marymount +3

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