Loyola Marymount Lions vs. Santa Clara Broncos Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/27/14
Santa Clara Broncos (12-17) at Loyola Marymount Lions (11-17)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Gersten Pavilion)
The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Loyola Marymount looks to snap a seven-game skid when they host Santa Clara at Albert Gersten Pavilion Thursday.
The Breakdown: LMU dropped to 3-13 for last place in the WCC after suffering a narrow 72-69 home loss to Pepperdine last Thursday. Senior G Anthony Ireland scored a team high 26 points on 11 of 17 shooting, freshman G Evan Payne had 16 points and 3 assists, and senior F Alex Osborne added 9 points and 9 rebounds. The Lions shot 40.9 percent from the floor and 31.8 percent from outside the arc to the Waves’ 50.0 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from distance. LMU was edged on the boards 36-33 and converted 8 of 13 from the free throw line. On the season, the Lions are averaging 73.9 ppg on 44.1 percent shooting. Ireland leads the team with 18.8 ppg, followed by Payne at 15.1 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Santa Clara sits in 8th place in the conference at 5-11 and comes in off a 76-54 thumping by St. Mary’s Saturday. The Broncos were outdone from the floor 59.2 percent to 40.0 percent and from outside the arc 64.3 percent to 21.4 percent. Santa Clara also conceded a 36-18 rebounding advantage and converted 11 of 18 from the free throw line. Junior G Brandon Clark scored a team-high 16 points off the bench and Evan senior G Evan Roquemore had 13 points and 3 assists. Through 29 games, the Broncos are averaging 69.9 ppg on 42.2 percent shooting. Cark leads the team in scoring with 17.0 ppg, followed by freshman G Jared Brownridge at 16.3 ppg.
Rick's Pick: The line in this one is set at -3.5 for LMU. Santa Clara edged the Lions 86-81 in overtime six weeks ago so this looks about right with home court. Look for LMU to snap their losing streak and cover.