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Loyola Marymount vs. Pacific - 1/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pacific Tigers (8-6) at Loyola Marymount Lions (4-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)

The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Pacific Tigers and Loyola Marymount Lions meet New Years Day at the Gersten Pavilion.

The Pacific Tigers have split their last six games and are playing their fifth true road game. On the season, Pacific is averaging 63.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 67.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting. T.J. Wallace is averaging 14.3 points and six rebounds while Dulani Robinson is averaging 11 points and 3.1 assists. Eric Thompson is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Gabriel Aguirre is shooting 73.3 percent from the field. The Pacific Tigers have seven players averaging at least 5.7 points while they’re shooting 63.1 percent from the free throw line and 37.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Pacific is forcing 9.8 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 32.1 percent from downtown. Pacific has allowed 68 or less points in six of its last eight games.

Loyola Marymount vs. Pacific - 1/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola Marymount Lions hope to get back on track after losing seven of their last eight games. On the season, the Lions are averaging 61.5 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is are allowing 69.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Evan Payne is averaging 19.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting and Ayodeji Egbeyemi is averaging 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Patson Siame is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Marin Mornar is shooting 58.7 percent from the field. The Loyola Marymount Lions struggle at both ends of the floor, including a defense that’s allowing teams to shoot 37.4 percent from deep and has given up 71 or more points in four of their last eight games. Offensively, Loyola Marymount is shooting 71.4 percent from the line and 32.6 percent from downtown.

The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

How in the world will anybody lay chalk with a team that's lost seven of its last eight? The Pacific Tigers haven't been much better this season but they have done a geat job of covering on the road which is all we care about here. Take the Tigers and the points. 

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Pacific Tigers +3.5

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