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Loyola Marymount vs. Santa Clara - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Clara Broncos (4-10) at Loyola Marymount Lions (5-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)

The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


We have some West Coast conference college basketball action on tap Thursday night, as the Santa Clara Broncos take on the Loyola Marymount Lions.

The Santa Clara Broncos will look to bounce back from their first conference loss of the season, a 101-52 beatdown at the hands of Gonzaga in their last outing to give the Broncos their 5th loss in their last 6 games. Emmanuel Ndumanya led the team with 12 points on 3 of 4 shooting with a 6 for 6 mark from the foul line in just 18 minutes as the lone Bronco to score in double digits in the loss. KJ Feagin added 9 points and a team-high 6 assists, while 3 Broncos shared the team lead with 4 rebounds apiece, including Henry Caruso who also added a pair of steals. Feagin leads the team in scoring with 18 points per game, while Caruso leads the way in rebounding with 6.7 boards per game and Matt Hauser leads the team in assists with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Santa Clara is scoring 70.9 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 73.1% from the foul line this season.

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Loyola Marymount vs. Santa Clara - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Loyola Marymount Lions will still be on the hunt for their first conference win of the year after their 4th straight loss and 6th loss in their last 7 games following an 88-82 overtime loss to Pacific in their last outing. James Batemon led the team with 22 points to go along with 4 assists. Steven Haney came 2nd with 17 points, while Eli Scott added 15 points and 7 rebounds and Mattias Markusson chipped in 12 points with a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the scoring in double figures for the Lions in the loss. Cameron Allen added 6 points to match his game-high 6 assists for the Lions in the losing effort. Batemon leads the team with an average of 18.6 points and 4.5 assists per game, while Scott is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Loyola Marymount is scoring 77.3 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 31.2% from behind the arc and 72.1% from the foul line this season.

Santa Clara is 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference matchups. Loyola Marymount is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

The road team has had the bulk of the success ATS between the two teams, but I’m not getting nearly enough points to consider backing the Broncos here. Santa Clara has been downright awful against the spread, and while Loyola Marymount has the worse loss of the two last time out, I think that the Lions have enough in the tank to win and cover here.

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