Colorado State vs. Loyola Marymount - 11/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Loyola Marymount Lions (1-1) at Colorado State Rams (1-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Moby Arena)
The Line: Colorado State Rams -15.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Mountain West Network
The Loyola Marymount Lions will travel to Moby Arena to take on the Colorado State Rams this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Loyola Marymount Lions dropped to 1-1 (0-0 WAC) on the season after being defeated by the UC Irvine Anteaters 77-53 this past Sunday. Loyola Marymount found themselves down early in this one and basically was never able to cut the lead to single digits the entire game. Loyola Marymount struggled offensively in the loss as they shot just 27.4% from the field and 23.5% (4-17) from beyond the arc. The Lions allowed the Anteaters to shoot 52.9% from the field and were outrebounded by UC Irvine by a 42-36 margin. Leading the way for Loyola Marymount was Brandon Brown who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Lions have been led by Adom Jacko (19.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg), Brandon Brown (14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Steven Haney (7.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 spg). Loyola Marymount is shooting 40.0% from the field this season and averaging just 11.0 apg. Defensively, the Lions are allowing their opponents to shoot 46.2% from the field and have a rebound margin of minus five.
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Colorado State (1-0, 0-0 MW) had a great start to their season last Saturday as they were able to defeat the Northern Iowa Panthers 84-78 and ended the Panthers 18 game home winning streak. Colorado State shot an impressive 48.4% from the field and 75% (15-20) from the FT line. The Rams held the sharpshooting Panthers to 36.7% (11-30) shooting from beyond the arc and forced Northern Iowa into committing 11 turnovers. Colorado State has five players score in double-digits and were led by Joe De Ciman who had 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. John Gillion and Gian Clavell each pitched in 16 points for the Rams in the victory. Colorado State has an impressive 27 win season last year but went just 13-5 in the Mountain West and couldn’t secure an NCAA Tournament bid. Their were questions marks coming into this season as the Rams lost their top three scorers in J.J. Avila (16.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Stanton Kidd (11.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Daniel Bejarano (11.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg) however, it looks as John Gallon, Joe De Ciman, and Gian Clavell are all ready to make the jump to be the leaders for Larry Eustachy Rams.
The Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games however just 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 games vs. Mountain West opponents. The Rams are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 Thursday games however just 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games.
Loyola Marymount could be in for a long season as their leading scorer from last season, Evan Payne, decided to transfer to Long Beach State and the Lions only have two remaining starters from a team that went 8-23. Colorado State is laying 15.5 points in this game which seems pretty high for a team that lost its best three scorers however, the Rams looked really impressive against Northern Iowa on the road. I’m not convinced that Colorado State is as good as they were last year however, I’m fairly confident that Loyola Marymount is going to struggle this year and if the Rams can put together anything near the performance they had at Northern Iowa, I think they’ll cover this large spread. Take Colorado State to cover.