Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/15/14
Loyola Marymount Lions (11-15) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (22-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Loyola Marymount hopes to snap a five-game skid when they take the road to face off with Gonzaga Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Lions sit in last place in the conference at 3-11 after a 71-64 defeat at Portland Thursday. LMU connected on 37.5 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from outside the arc to the Pilots’ 49.1 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from distance. The Lions also conceded a 35-31 rebounding advantage. Freshman G Evan Payne scored a team-high 21 points, including 8 of 8 from the free throw line, senior G Anthony Ireland had 15 points and 6 assists, and senior F Alex Osborne added 10 points and 7 boards. On the season, LMU is averaging 74.3 ppg on 44.2 percent shooting. Ireland leads the team with 18.4 ppg, followed by Payne at 15.0 ppg,
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Meanwhile, Gonzaga sits atop the WCC, improving to 12-1 after its 83-68 victory over Pepperdine Thursday. The Bulldogs shot 52.5 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from outside the arc to the Waves’ 46.6 percent from the field and 17.6 percent from distance. The Zags also came away with a 36-29 advantage on the boards and hit 11 of 16 from the free throw line. Junior G Kevin Pangos scored 18 points, including 4 of 10 from downtown, senior G David Stockton had 18 points and 5 assists, and sophomore C Przemek Karnowski added 17 points and 7 rebounds. Through 26 games, Gonzaga is averaging 78.1 ppg on 50.2 percent shooting. Pangos leads the team with 15.1 ppg, followed by senior C Sam Dower at 14.4 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -18 for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs topped LMU by ten points on the road close to a month ago, but the Lions played well in the game, shooting 42 percent from the field and hitting 6 of 15 three-pointers. Look for a closer game than the line.