San Diego vs. Loyola Marymount - 1/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Loyola Marymount Lions (10-11) at San Diego Toreros (6-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Jenny Craig Pavilion)
The Line: San Diego Toreros +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Sportnet; Root Sports - Northwest; Comcast Sportsnet - California
The Loyola Marymount Lions will travel to Jenny Craig Pavilion to take on the San Diego Toreros this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Loyola Marymount Lions dropped to 10-11 (3-7 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the BYU Cougars, 87-62, this past Thursday. Loyola Marymount was able to race out to an 8-0 lead out of the gates but allowed BYU to go on a 20-2 run in the first half to take a 38-24 lead at halftime and couldn’t within single-digits throughout the 2nd half. Loyola Marymount struggled on the offensive end as they shot just 32.8% from the field and 9.1% (2-22) from beyond the arc. The Lions allowed the Cougars to shoot 50.8% from the field and was outrebounded by BYU by a 47-37 margin. Leading the way for Loyola Marymount was Adom Jacko who had 20 points and 7 rebounds. On the season, the Lions have been led by Adom Jacko (15.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Brandon Brown (12.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.2 spg), and Steven Haney (10.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Loyola Marymount is averaging 70.7 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field and 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Lions average 7.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.29. Defensively, Loyola Marymount is allowing their opponents to average 73.9 ppg on 45.0% shooting. The Lions average 7.3 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.7.
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The San Diego Toreros lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 6-14 (1-8 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Pepperdine Waves, 75-65, this past Thursday. San Diego was able to cut a 13-point halftime deficit down to seven points midway through the 2nd half, however, Pepperdine used a 13-2 run from there to take control of the game and secure the win. San Diego shot 43.3% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 13-7 margin. The Toreros allowed the Waves to shoot 48.2% from the field and outrebounded Pepperdine by a 39-29 margin. Leading the way for San Diego was Olin Carter III who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Toreros have been led by Duda Sanadze (12.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Brett Bailey (8.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Jito Kok (8.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.6 bpg). Offensively, San Diego is averaging 61.0 ppg on 38.8% shooting from the field and 27.2% shooting form beyond the arc. The Toreros average 6.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.87. Defensively, San Diego is holding their opponents to average 68.9 ppg on 45.2% shooting. The Toreros have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of -1.8.
The Lions are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Toreros are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
San Diego has yet to win a conference game at home this season largely due to an offensive that ranks 334th in the country in FG% and 344th in 3P FG%. Loyola Marymount is hovering around .500 but have been competitive against some very good teams this year and looks like a program that is heading the right direction. This might be one of the few conference games San Diego has a chance to win this season, but I think the Lions are the better team here and will be able to cover this small road spread. Take Loyola Marymount to cover.