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San Francisco vs. Loyola Marymount - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola Marymount Lions (7-9) at San Francisco Dons (9-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm (War Memorial Gymnasium)

The Line: San Francisco Dons -4.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: The W. TV

The Loyola Marymount Lions will travel to War Memorial Gymnasium to take on the San Francisco Dons this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Loyola Marymount Lions lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 7-9 (0-5 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Pacific Tigers, 60-58, this past Saturday. Loyola Marymount struggled offensively as they shot just 36.7% from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from beyond the arc. The Lions allowed the Tigers to shoot 45.5% from the field and 42.9% from three-point range. Loyola Marymount won the turnover battle by an 18-13 margin and had 8 steals in the loss. Leading the way for Loyola Marymount was Brandon Brown who had 15 points, 2 rebounds, and 7 assists. On the season, the Lions have been led by Adom Jacko (14.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Brandon Brown (13.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.7 apg), and Steven Haney (11.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, Loyola Marymount is averaging 69.6 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field and 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Lions average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.27. Defensively, Loyola Marymount is holding their opponents to an average of 72.6 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Lions have a rebound margin of -2.9 and a turnover margin of 3.5.

San Francisco vs. Loyola Marymount - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Francisco Dons dropped to 9-7 (3-3 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the BYU Cougars, 102-92, this past Saturday. BYU used a 9-1 run to take a six-point halftime lead and San Francisco couldn’t get many defensive stops in the 2nd half to make a comeback in the loss. San Francisco shot 48.5% from the field and 30.4% (7-23) from beyond the arc. The Dons allowed the Cougars to shoot 47.1% from the field and 50.0% (15-30) from three-point range. Leading the way for San Francisco was Devin Watson who had 25 points, 5 assists, and a rebound. On the season, the Dons have been led by Devin Watson (20.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.4 apg), Tim Derksen (15.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Dont’e Reynolds (5.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg). Offensively, San Francisco is averaging 75.6 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Dons average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.94. Defensively, San Francisco is allowing their opponents to average 75.6 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Dons have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of -2.6.

The Lions are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games however, are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. WCC opponents. The Dons are 4-0 ATS in their last4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Loyola Marymount lost their leading scorer in Evan Payne and although the Lions are 0-5 in conference play this season, the Lions have been competitive against some good teams such as Colorado State, Boise State, and Oregon State. San Francisco is currently rebuilding and although their offensive has been solid, they’ve had real trouble on the defensive end creating turnovers. San Francisco played well at BYU and although Loyola Marymount has played average competition tough, I think the Dons will be able to put up enough points on the board to cover this spread. Take San Francisco to cover. 

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