CS Fullerton vs. Loyola Marymount - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Loyola Marymount Lions (5-4) at CS Fullerton Titans (6-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Titan Gym)
The Line: CS Fullerton Titans -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Loyola Marymount Lions will travel to Titan Gym to take on the CS Fullerton Titans this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Loyola Marymount Lions dropped to 5-4 (0-0 WCC) on the season after losing a close 67-66 battle on the road against the Boise State Broncos this past Wednesday. Loyola Marymount held Boise State to just 33% shooting in the 2nd half but couldn’t get a Brandon Brown three-pointer to fall with seconds remaining to obtain the victory. Loyola Marymount shot 40.3% from the floor and outrebounded Boise State by a 39-32 margin. The Lions held Boise State to shoot 40.1% from the field and 32.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Loyola Marymount was Brandon Brown who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Lions have been led by Brandon Brown (14.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.5 apg), Adom Jacko (14.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg), and Steven Haney (10.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg). Offensively, Loyola Marymount is averaging 73.4 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field and 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Lions average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.26. Defensively, Loyola Marymount is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Lions have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 4.4.
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The CS Fullerton Titans had their six game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-2 (0-0 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the Washington Huskies, 87-69, this past Sunday. CS Fullerton had trouble defensively as they were outscored by the Huskies by a 46-37 margin in the 1st half and never got within 8 points of the lead in the 2nd half. CS Fullerton shot just 34.4% from the field and committed 20 turnovers in the loss. The Titans allowed the Huskies to shoot 44.6% from the field and 42.3% (11-26) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for CS Fullerton was Malcolm Brooks who had 20 points and 4 rebounds. On the season, the Titans have been led by Tre Coggins (14.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.4 spg), Malcolm Brooks (13.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg), and Khalil Ahmad (11.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.5 apg). Offensively, CS Fullerton is averaging 75.0 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field and 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Titans average 7.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.02. Defensively, CS Fullerton is allowing their opponents to average 68.3 ppg on 37.9% shooting. The Titans have a rebound margin of -1.4 and a turnover margin of 2.6.
The Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games. The Titans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. West Coast opponents.
CS Fullerton is off to a nice start to their season considering the Titans finished 9-22 last season however, haven’t played the toughest competition to begin the season. Loyola Marymount has actually been one of the more surprising teams this season as the Lions who lost their leading scorer from last year’s 8-23 team has gotten great production from Brandon Brown and Adom Jacko this season. Loyola Marymount has played some tough competition and has been competitive in losses against Colorado State, Oregon State, and Boise State. Loyola Marymount beat CS Fullerton by a 79-74 margin to kick off the season and I’m surprised that the Lions are not the favorites in this one. I’m taking Loyola Marymount to win the game outright.