Loyola Marymount vs. Portland State - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland State Vikings (6-2) at Loyola Marymount Lions (4-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)
The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some non-conference action on the hardwood, as the Portland State Vikings square off against the Loyola Marymount Lions on Wednesday night.
The Portland State Vikings will look to build on back-to-back wins, including a 125-50 romp of subdivision Portland Bible College. Bryce Canda led the team with 20 points on 9 of 15 shooting, and Brendan Rumel chipped in 19 points with a pair of blocks while Deontae North came right behind with 18 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 4 threes. Jamie Orme added 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Traylin Farris chipped in 13 points on a perfect 5 of 5 shooting with 3 blocks, and Vonte Carter added 11 points and 4 steals in just 9 minutes on the floor to round out the scoring in double figures for the Vikings in the win. Deante Strickland added 3 points and a team-high 11 assists with 4 steals, while Holland Woods chipped in 7 points, 10 assists and 5 steals of his own. North leads Portland State in scoring with 18.6 points per game while Canda leads the team in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game and Woods leads the way in assists with 5 dimes per game this season. As a team, Portland State is scoring 91.2 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 39.5% from behind the 3-point line and 66.1% from the foul line this season.
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The Loyola Marymount Lions will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including a 78-74 defeat at the hands of Oregon State last time out. Zafir Williams led the team with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting, while Mattias Markusson and James Batemon each added 12 points. Markusson added 10 rebounds for a double-double with a pair of steals, while Batemon went 4 of 7 from the floor with a pair of threes. Eli scott added 10 points along with a share of the team-high with 4 assists, while Jeffery McClendon chipped in 3 triples for 9 points with 6 rebounds and Cameron Allen added 4 assists of his own in the win. Batemon leads the Lions with 14.4 points and 4.6 assists per game this season, while Scott is the team’s top rebounder with 6.9 boards per game this season. As a team, Loyola Marymount is scoring 78.3 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 30.2% from behind the arc and 73% from the foul line this season.
Portland State is 9-0 ATS in their last 9 conference games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 against the WCC. Loyola Marymount is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Big Sky and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Do you see some of those numbers for Portland State? The Vikings may not be a household name in terms of basketball, but they may be a team to watch out for this season. Portland State is 6-0 ATS this season, including hanging 81 points on Duke, losing to Butler by a single basket and pulling off a 9-point win over Stanford. All good things could come to an end for Portland State here, but I think the Vikings have enough in the tank to get another cover and road win, so I’ll back Portland State to send Loyola Marymount back to .500.