Loyola Marymount vs. San Diego - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Toreros (6-12) at Loyola Marymount Lions (9-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)
The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Sportnet; Root Sports - Northwest; Root Sports - Rocky Mountain; Comcast Sportsnet - Bay Area
The San Diego Toreros will travel to the Gersten Pavilion to take on the Loyola Marymount Lions this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The San Diego Toreros lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-12 (1-6 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Pepperdine Waves, 76-58, this past Thursday. San Diego struggled offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t mount much of a comeback after falling behind by a 38-23 margin at halftime. San Diego shot just 37.9% from the field and 26.3% (5-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Toreros allowed the Waves to shoot 52.3% from the field and 45.5% (5-11) from three-point range. Leading the way for San Diego was Brett Bailey who had 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Toreros have been led by Duda Sanadze (12.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg), Brett Bailey (8.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Jito Kok (7.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.6 bpg). Offensviely, San Diego is averaging 60.7 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field and 26.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Toreros average 6.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.88. Defensively, San Diego is allowing their opponents to average 68.7 ppg on 45.4% shooting. The Toreros have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of -1.0.
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The Loyola Marymount Lions had their two game winning streak snapped and dripped to 9-10 (2-6 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the BYU Cougars, 91-80, this past Thursday. Loyola Marymount was able to get up by a 50-40 margin by the end of the first half, but allowed BYU to climb back in it and couldn’t recover after a 13-0 Cougar run late in the 2nd half. Loyola Marymount shot 48.4% from the field and 50.0% (11-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Lions allowed the Cougars to shoot 49.2% from the field and was outrebounded by BYU by a 42-32 margin. Leading the way for Loyola Marymount was Adom Jacko who had a double-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, the Lions have been led by Adom Jacko (14.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Brandon Brown (13.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and Steven Haney (11.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensviely, Loyola Marymount is averaging 71.4 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field and 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Lions average 7.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.30. Defensively, Loyola Marymount is allowing an average of 73.7 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Lions average 7.2 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.5.
The Toreros are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record however, just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games. The Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
San Diego lost their top three scorers from last year’s squad and has really struggled on the offensive end as they rank 339th in the country in scoring offense and 336th in FG %. Loyola Marymount might have a losing record but the Lions have played better than expected this season as they have been able to cause turnovers and make a decent amount of three-pointers. I really like the direction that Loyola Marymount is headed but I’m not sure that they are ready to be almost double-digit favorites. I think the Toreros will be able to find some offensive against the Lions defensive that is letting teams shoot 44.8% from the field and will cover with the points. Take San Diego to cover.