Loyola Marymount Lions vs. BYU Cougars Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/28/13
BYU Cougars (8-5) at Loyola Marymount Lions (8-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm (Gersten Pavilion)
The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions +6 -- Over/Under: 175 See the Latest Odds
The Loyola Marymount Lions and the BYU Cougars face off on Saturday as they begin West Coast Conference play.
The Loyola Marymount Lions have won their last two games but they haven’t gotten it done when they have been called upon to step it up. ULM has played the 305th ranked schedule in the country and it will get increasingly tougher. Anthony Ireland leads the Lions averaging 19.2 points and 5.2 assists per game. Evan Payne is averaging 14.1 points, Gabe Levin is averaging 12.7 points and 9.0 rebounds, and Ben Dickinson is averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. Loyola Marymount is averaging 79.8 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 77.3 points and their opponents are shooting 45.3 percent. Loyola Marymount will find out a lot about themselves in this game as they are a perfect 3-0 at home thus far.
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The BYU Cougars have lost three of their last four games but they have played one of the more brutal schedules in the country. BYU’s schedule ranks second toughest in the country thus far with four of their five losses coming to teams ranked in the top 25. Tyler Haws leads BYU averaging 23.2 points and 4.9 rebounds. Matt Carlino is averaging 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds, Eric Mika is averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 12.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. BYU is averaging 89.2 points and they are shooting 46.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 79.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40.9 percent. BYU looks well prepared for conference play.
Loyola Marymount is 5-0 against the spread against the WCC, 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 7-2 against the spread following a win. BYU is 1-5-1 against the spread against the WCC, 16-34-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games following a game that they scored more than 90 points. The home team has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
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