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Loyola Marymount vs. St. Mary's - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Mary's Gaels (10-3) at Loyola Marymount Lions (4-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)

The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Saint Mary’s Gaels and Loyola Marymount Lions meet Saturday afternoon at the Gersten Pavilion.

The Saint Mary’s Gaels have won four straight games and are playing their fourth true road contest. On the season, Saint Mary’s is averaging 71.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting and is allowing 62.7 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Brad Waldow is averaging 21 points and 10.3 rebounds while Kerry Carter is averaging 13.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Aaron Bright is the third player averaging double-digit points and Desmond Simmons is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Saint Mary’s Gaels are a quality team that does a little bit of everything right, including on the offensive end where they’re shooting 68.6 percent from the free throw line and 36.7 percent from deep. Defensively, St. Mary’s is forcing 11.4 turnovers per game and holding teams to 32.9 percent shooting from downtown.

Loyola Marymount vs. St. Mary's - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola Marymount Lions have lost eight of their last nine games and would love to get a big win here. On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 61.6 points on 42.8 percent shooting and are allowing 70.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Evan Payne is averaging 20.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting and Ayodeji Egbeyemi is averaging 9.3 points and 3.9 rebounds. Patson Siame is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Marin Mornar is shooting 60 percent from the field. The Loyola Marymount Lions continue to struggle defensively, as they’ve allowed 71 or more points in five of their last nine games and are allowing teams to shoot 38.1 percent from deep. Offensively, Loyola Marymount is shooting 72.5 percent from the line and 33.2 percent from downtown. Three of the Lions four wins have come at home.

The Gaels are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 20-41 ATS in their last 61 home games and 9-23 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Gaels are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Nearly impossible to back the Loyola Marymount Lions in this spot with the way they've been playing. Saint Mary's should roll in this game by double digits. 

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Saint Mary’s Gaels -9

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