Loyola Marymount vs. Pepperdine - 2/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pepperdine Waves (4-21) at Loyola Marymount Lions (7-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)
The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pepperdine Waves will travel to Gersten Pavilion to take on the Loyola Marymount Lions this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Pepperdine Waves lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 4-21 (1-12 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the San Diego Toreros, 68-66, this past Thursday. Pepperdine held a 56-46 lead with 8:51 left in regulation, however, couldn’t fight back after an ensuing 18-2 Toreros run gave San Diego a 64-58 lead with 0:32 seconds left in regulation. Pepperdine shot 38.5% from the field and 26.7% (4-15) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Waves was Matthew Atewe who had a double-double with 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 71.2 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Waves are averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pepperdine has been led by Kameron Edwards (14.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), Colbey Ross (14.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Eric Cooper Jr. (13.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Trae Berhow (9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, Pepperdine is allowing their opponents to average 79.9 ppg on 49.5% shooting from the field. The Waves have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of -1.5. Trae Berhow is currently listed as day-to-day due to an ankle injury.
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The Loyola Marymount Lions lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 7-17 (2-11 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the 11th ranked Saint Mary’s Gaels, 83-62 this past Thursday. Loyola Marymount trailed by a 40-31 margin and couldn’t fight back after a 7-0 Gaels run gave Saint Mary’s a 79-57 lead with just under three minutes left to play. Loyola Marymount allowed Saint Mary’s to shoot 64.0% from the field and 42.9% (6-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Lions was Eli Scott who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 72.8 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Lions are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Marymount has been led by James Batemon (17.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Eli Scott (13.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Steven Haney (12.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Mattias Markusson (7.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg). Defensively, Loyola Marymount is allowing their opponents to average 77.2 ppg on 49.4% shooting from the field. The Lions have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 0.0.
The Waves are 17-40-1 ATS in their last 58 games overall and 3-14-1 ATS in their last 18 games vs. WCC opponents. The Lions are 19-42-2 ATS in their last 63 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games.
Pepperdine has had a long year and continue to pile up the losses as the Waves rank just 249th in scoring offense, 324th in scoring defense, and 347th in defensive FG%. Loyola Marymount has won just 2 of their last 15 games and come into this game ranked 214th in scoring offense, 293rd in scoring defense, and 344th in defensive FG%. Pepperdine’s only conference win game against Loyola Marymount, a 71-70 home victory, and as I expect another close game as both teams struggled on both ends of the court, I’m taking Pepperdine to cover with the points.