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Loyola Marymount Lions vs. San Diego Toreros - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Toreros (12-11) at Loyola Marymount Lions (7-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)

The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The San Diego Toreros will travel to the Gersten Pavilion to take on the Loyola Marymount Lions this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The San Diego Toreros won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-11 (5-6 WCC) on the season after defeating the San Francisco Dons, 77-69, this past Saturday. San Diego shot 48.9% from the field and 83.3% (25-30) from the free-throw line in the victory. Leading the way for the Toreros was Johnny Dee who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. San Diego is ranked 177th in the RPI Standings and has played the 155th ranked SOS. On the season, the Toreros have been led by Johnny Dee (17.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 spg) and Christopher Anderson (8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 6.3 apg). Offensively, San Diego is averaging 66.0 ppg (ranked 209th) on 42.7 shooting (ranked 220th). The Toreros average 6.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 187th) and have a 1.01 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 164th). Defensively, San Diego is holding their opponents to an average of 63.6 ppg (ranked 102nd) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 193rd). The Toreros average 32.91 total rpg (ranked 252nd) and have a turnover margin of 1.4 (ranked 82nd).

Loyola Marymount Lions vs. San Diego Toreros - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola Marymount improved to 7-16 (3-8 WCC) on the season after defeating the Pacific Tigers, 76-71 (OT), this past Saturday. Loyola Marymount shot 45.9% from the field and 50.0% (6-12) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Lions was Marin Mornar who had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Loyola Marymount is ranked 210th in the RPI Standings and has played the 76th ranked SOS. On the season, the Lions have been led by Evan Payne (17.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg) and Marin Mornar (9.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 bpg). Offensively, Loyola Marymount is averaging 63.7 ppg (ranked 267th) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 172nd). The Lions shoot 36.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 86th) and 71.8% from the free-throw line (ranked 79th). Defensively, Loyola Marymount is allowing opponents to average 69.7 ppg (ranked 264th) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 287th). The Lions average just 16.9 personal fouls per game (ranked 75th) and pull down 33.43 total rpg (ranked 232nd).

The Toreros are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. The Lions are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall however, just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games.

San Diego has been playing better as of late and recently had an impressive 77-74 win against BYU a little more than a week ago. Loyola Marymount have won 3 of their last 5 games in the WCC and has started to get more contributions from players outside of Evan Payne. Loyola Marymount just ended a 4 game road trip and will be happy in back of the home crowd and as San Diego has struggled on the road, I’m backing Loyola Marymount to get a victory in this one. Take Loyola Marymount and the points.  

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