Portland Pilots vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/13/14
Loyola Marymount Lions (11-14) at Portland Pilots (13-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)
The Line: Portland Pilots -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Portland looks to rebound from a loss to Gonzaga when they host slumping Loyola Marymount Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Pilots dropped to 5-7 for 6th place in the WCC after their 71-66 loss to Gonzaga Feb. 5. Portland shot 42.9 percent from the floor and connected on 8 of 12 from outside the arc to the Buldogs’ 46.5 percent from the field and 9 of 19 from distance. The Pilots finished with a slight 33-29 edge on the boards and committed 13 turnovers. Senior F Ryan Nicholas had a game-high 15 points and 15 rebounds, junior G Kevin Bailey scored 13 points, and sophomore G Bryce Pressley added 11 points and 6 boards. On the season, Portland is averaging 77.5 ppg on 45.7 percent shooting. Bailey leads the team in scoring with 16.5 ppg, followed by junior C Thomas van der Mars at 12.6 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Loyola Marymount continues to struggle, sitting firmly in last place in the conference at 3-10 after suffering its fourth straight loss 82-72 to Pacific Saturday. The Lions shot 45.5 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from outside the arc to the Tigers’ 50.0 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from distance. Loyola Marymount also conceded a 32-26 advantage on the boards and committed 13 turnovers. Freshman G Evan Payne scored a game-high 18 points, senior G Anthony Ireland had 17 points and 4 assists, and freshman F Gabe Levin added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Through 25 games, Loyola Marymount is averaging 74.7 ppg on 44.5 percent shooting. Ireland leads the team with 18.5 ppg, followed by Payne at 14.8 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -7 for Portland. The Pilots scored a decisive 71-57 victory when these two squared off almost a month ago and Portland has gone 2-4 since, while LMU has been even worse at 1-5. Look for Portland to cover.