Portland Pilots vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/6/14
Loyola Marymount Lions (12-18) at Portland Pilots (15-15)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Portland Pilots -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Portland and Loyola Marymount collide in the opening game of the West Coast Conference Tournament Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Pilots finished the regular season 15-15 (7-11) for 6th place in the conference and ended their campaign on a four-game losing streak, including a narrow 68-65 loss to Pacific in the finale. Sophomore G Bryce Pressley scored a game-high 19 points, including 3 of 3 from downtown, junior C Thomas van der Mars and 7 rebounds, and senior F Ryan Nicholas added 10 points and 5 boards. Portland connected on 23 of 53 from the floor and 5 of 18 from outside the arc to the Tigers’ 23 of 57 from the floor and 10 of 25 from distance. The Pilots finished 2013-14 averaging 75.4 ppg 35.9 rpg, 15.3 apg, and shooting 45.5 percent from the field.
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Meanwhile, Loyola Marymount ended its regular season at the bottom of the WCC at 4-14 and come in off a 65-61 loss to San Francisco. The Lions were outshot from the floor 49.0 percent to 42.9 percent and from behind the arc 42.9 percent to 30.0 percent, while also conceding a 42-27 advantage on the glass and converting just 7 of 12 from the free throw line. Senior G Anthony Ireland scored 13 points and dished out 6 assists, freshman G Evan Payne had 13 points and 4 steals and sophomore F C.J. Blackwell added 13 points. LMU finished the season averaging 73.5 ppg, 33.7 rpg, 12.8 apg, and shooting 44.1 percent from the field.
Rick’s Pick: Portland is currently a 4.5 point favorite in this one. The Pilots swept Loyola Marymount this season, by an average of 10.5 points and shot close to 50 percent from the floor in each contest. Look for Portland to cover.