USC vs. Loyola Marymount - 12/3/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Loyola Marymount Lions (3-3) at USC Trojans (4-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Loyola Marymount Lions and USC Trojans play Wednesday night at the Galen Center.
The Loyola Marymount Lions have split their last four games and will play their second true road game. On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 65.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 70.6 points on 45 percent shooting. Evan Payne leads Loyola Marymount with 21.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting and Matt Hayes is averaging 9.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Simon Krajcovic leads the Lions with 4.3 assists and Patson Siame is grabbing 5.2 rebounds per game. The Loyola Marymount Lions have been a decent offensive team, shooting 73 percent from the free throw line and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Payne has the ability to takeover a game with his scoring and has scored 23 or more points in three straight games. Loyola Marymount’s defense is a different story.
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The USC Trojans have won three of their last four games and hope to keep things rolling. On the season, USC is averaging 62.3 points on 39.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62.3 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Jordan McLaughlin leads USC with 11 points and 5.3 assists while Katin Reinhardt is averaging 9.4 points on 28.8 percent shooting. Nikola Jovanovic is grabbing 8.1 rebounds per game and Darion Clark is averaging 8.3 rebounds. The USC Trojans offense has struggled out of the gate, as they’re shooting just 28.3 percent from beyond the arc. USC is winning games with its defense that’s holding teams to 29.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc and an average of 39 rebounds per game.
The Lions are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Trojans are 15-35-2 ATS in their last 52 home games and 8-18-3 ATS in their last 29 games following a ATS win. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The USC Trojans have the better athletes and really only have to stop one guy in order to beat the Lions. With the help from the home crowd, I like USC to win and cover the fair number.