Loyola Marymount Lions vs. San Francisco Dons Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/1/14
San Francisco Dons (19-10) at Loyola Marymount Lions (12-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Gersten Pavilion)
The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: San Francisco targets a fifth consecutive win its regular season finale when it visits Loyola Marymount Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Dons sit in a tie with BYU for second place in the WCC, improving to 12-5 behind a 77-53 dismantling of Pepperdine Thursday. San Francisco topped the Waves from the floor 50.9 percent to 33.3 percent and from outside the arc 43.5 percent to 12.5 percent, while also dominating the boards 40-29 and converting 13 of 19 from the free throw line. Senior F Cole Dickerson had a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, sophomore G Avry Holmes scored 17 points and dished out 4 assists, and junior F Kruize Pinkins added 12 points and 6 boards. Through 29 games, San Francisco is averaging 75.7 ppg on 47.9 percent shooting. Dickerson leads the team in scoring with 14.7 ppg, followed by sophomore G Cody Doolin at 13.0 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Loyola Marymount snapped a massive seven-game skid with a narrow 75-71 victory over Santa Clara Thursday. Freshman G Evan Payne scored a game-high 27 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 steals, G Anthony Ireland had 20 points and 4 assists, and freshman F Gabe Levin added 10 points and 6 boards. The Lions connected on 45.5 percent from the floor and 2 of 9 from outside the arc to the Broncos’ 42.9 percent from the floor and 7 of 19 from distance. LMU also finished with a slim 34-30 rebounding advantage and converted 23 of 28 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 18.9 ppg, followed by Payne at 15.5 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -3 for San Francisco. The Dons scored a 75-61 home victory over LMU back in January and stifled the Lions to 37.5 percent from the floor and 23.1 percent from distance. LMU did just wake up from the dead, ending a massive seven-game losing streak, but it won’t be enough to catapult them to consecutive wins for the first time in two months. Look the Dons to cover.