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Loyola Marymount Lions vs. Pepperdine Waves Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/20/14

Pepperdine Waves (14-13) at Loyola Marymount Lions (11-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Gersten Pavilion)

The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: Pepperdine hopes to end a three-game slide when they visit slumping Loyola Marymount at the Albert Gersten Pavilion Thursday.

The Breakdown: Pepperdine dropped to 7-8 for 6th place in the WCC after suffering a 74-62 loss at Portland Saturday. The Waves were outshot from the floor 46.0 percent to 35.1 percent and from outside the arc 35.1 percent to 25.0 percent. Pepperdine edged Portland on the boards 35-33 and converted 17 of 23 from the free throw line. Junior G Malcolm Brooks scored a team-high 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting, sophomore F Stacy Davis had 12 points and 5 rebounds off the bench, and senior F Brendan Lane added 10 points and 10 boards. On the season, the Waves are averaging 71.6 ppg on 45.9 percent shooting. Davis leads the team in scoring with 14.7 ppg, followed by Lane at 13.8 ppg.

Loyola Marymount Lions vs. Pepperdine Waves Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/20/14

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Meanwhile, Loyola Marymount sits at the bottom of the conference at 3-11 after losing its sixth straight 86-67 to Gonzaga Saturday. LMU shot 44.2 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from outside the arc to the Bulldogs’ 46.8 percent from the field and 32.0 percent from distance. The Lions also conceded a 40-25 advantage on the boards, but converted 17 of 19 from the free throw line. G Anthony Ireland scored a team-high 23 points and dished out 5 assists, while freshman G Evan Payne and freshman F Gabe Levin added 17 points apiece. Through 27 games, LMU is averaging 74.0 ppg on 44.2 percent shooting. Ireland leads the team with 18.6 ppg, followed by Payne at 15.1 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -2 for Loyola Marymount. Pepperdine topped the Lions decisively 80-69 about three weeks ago and it’s been a sad state of affairs for LMU since as they’ve gone a skid just as massive in length as the one they just snapped. Look for the Lions to continue sliding.

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