Loyola Marymount vs. UC Riverside - 11/15/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Riverside Highlanders (1-0) at Loyola Marymount Lions (0-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)
The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UC Riverside Highlanders will travel to Gersten Pavilion to take on the Loyola Marymount Lions this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The UC Riverside Highlanders opened their season in impressive fashion after going on the road and defeating the California Golden Bears, 74-66, this past Friday. UC Riverside was outstanding defensively in the 1st half and held on late for the victory after they took a 40-21 halftime lead. The Highlanders held the Golden Bears to just 30.6% shooting from the field and 25.0% (4-16) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Highlanders was Dikymbe Martin who had a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and a steal. Also contributing for UC Riverside was Alex Larsson (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Chance Murray (10 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals). UC Riverside had a tough 2016-17 season after finishing the year with just a 7-21 (5-11 Big West) record in what was a season derailed by injuries. The good news for the Highlanders is that they return 4 of their starters in Chance Murray (10.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Dikymbe Martin (9.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Alex Larsson (6.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg), and Brandon Rosser (5.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg). UC Riverside will hope that freshman Dominick Pickett & Menno Dijkstra can make an immediate impact for the Highlanders.
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The Loyola Marymount Lions will look to pick up their first win of the season after being defeated by the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 85-80, this past Saturday. In a high scoring affair, Loyola Marymount led by double-digits in the 2nd half, however, couldn’t fight back after the Mavericks took a 77-73 lead with just 3:07 left in regulation. Loyola Marymount struggled defensively in the loss as they allowed UT-Arlington to shoot 49.1% from the field and 44.4% (12-27) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Lions was James Batemon who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. Also contributing for the Lions was Cameron Allen (16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) and Eli Scott (11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal). Loyola Marymount finished last season with a respectable 15-15 record, however, had a lot of questions marks coming to their season opener after losing four starters, including their leading scorer Brandon Brown (13.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.1 apg). Loyola Marymount will be counting on Junior College transfers James Batemon and Cameron Allen to be able to come in and produce immediately for the Lions. Loyola Marymount also returns Mattias Markusson (2.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg) and Petr Herman (4.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and will be hoping for solid production from freshman Joe Quintana and Eli Scott.
The Highlanders are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win however, are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Lions are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
California isn’t expected to be that great this year but that shouldn’t take away from UC Riverside’s outstanding road upset to open their season. UC Riverside has to be happy with their offensive output against California as the Highlanders finished just 327th in college basketball last year at 64.8 ppg. Loyola Marymount couldn’t pull off the upset victory on the road against UT-Arlington, however, have to be encouraged with how competitive they were and the results they got from all their newcomers. Both teams impressed in their season openers, however, I think UC-Riverside is the more experienced team and as they should have all the confidence in the world right now, I think the Highlanders cover with the points.