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St. Mary's vs. Loyola Marymount - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola Marymount Lions (11-14) at St. Mary's Gaels (19-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:00 pm (McKeon Pavilion)

The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -18 -- Over/Under: 138.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Comcast Sportsnet - Bay Area; Root Sports Northwest; Root Sports Rocky Mountains

The Loyola Marymount Lions travel to McKeon Pavilion to take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Loyola Marymount Lions snapped their four game losing streak and improved to 11-14 (4-10 WCC) on the season after defeating the Pacific Tigers, 77-72, this past Thursday. Loyola Marymount used a 14-0 run late in the 2nd half to overcome a 71-63 deficit and get the win. Loyola Marymount shot 48.1 from the field and 63.2% (12-19) form beyond the arc. The Lions allowed the Tigers to shoot 49.0% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 13-7 margin. Leading the way for Loyola Marymount was Joshua Spiers who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. On the season, the Lions have been led by Adom Jacko (16.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Brandon Brown (12.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.1 spg), and Steven Haney (9.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Loyola Marymount is averaging 70.9 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field and 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Lions average 7.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.35. Defensively, Loyola Marymount is allowing their opponents to average 75.4 ppg on 46.1% shooting. The Lions have a rebound margin of -3.6 and a turnover margin of 2.6.

St. Mary's vs. Loyola Marymount - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Saint Mary’s Gaels dropped to 19-4 (10-3 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Pepperdine Waves, 69-63, this past Thursday. Saint Mary’s lost their first home game of the season and struggled offensively throughout the game in the loss. Saint Mary’s shot just 21.1% (4-19) from beyond the arc and 35.7% (5-14) from the FT line. The Gaels allowed the Waves to shoot 48.1% from the field and outrebounded Pepperdine by a 39-31 margin. Leading the way for Saint Mary’s was Dane Pineau who had a double-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Gaels have been led by Emmett Naar (13.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Dane Pineau (10.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 bpg), and Joe Rahon (10.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Saint Mary’s is averaging 75.8 ppg on 51.0% shooting from the field and 41.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Gaels average 8.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.86. Defensively, Saint Mary’s is holding their opponents to an average 59.7 ppg on 40.8% shooting. The Gaels have a rebound margin of 7.7 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The Lions are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Gaels are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight up loss and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.

Loyola Marymount was able to pick up a nice come from behind victory over Pacific but has struggled as of late losing 5 of their last 7 games in which they’ve allowed their opponents to average 82 ppg. Saint Mary’s once against struggled offensively against Pepperdine, however, the Gaels have been outstanding this season as they rank 4th in the country in scoring defense and 1st in the country in FG %. Loyola Marymount has been a bit more competitive this season than many expected however, Saint Mary’s should have no problem putting up a lot of points on the Lions and I think Saint Mary’s rebounds from their 1st home loss to get at least a 20-point victory in this one. Take Saint Mary’s to cover. 

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