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BYU vs. LMU - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Marriott Center
Provo, Utah
The Line
The Line: BYU -6.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5
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The Loyola Marymount Lions and BYU Cougars meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Marriott Center.

The Loyola Marymount Lions could use a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Loyola Marymount Lions are averaging 68.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 61.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting. James Batemon is averaging 17.4 points and 3.9 assists while Mattias Markusson is averaging 11.2 points and 7.1 rebounds. Joe Quintana is dishing two assists and Eli Scott is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Loyola Marymount Lions are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola Marymount Lions are allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The Loyola Marymount Lions have lost four of their last five road games.

The BYU Cougars look for a victory after winning five of their last eight games. The BYU Cougars are averaging 81.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 78.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Yoeli Childs is averaging 21.9 points and 9.6 rebounds while TJ Haws is averaging 17.6 points and five assists. Jahshire Hardnett is the third double-digit scorer and Zac Seljaas is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The BYU Cougars are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The BYU Cougars have won six of their last eight home games.

The Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. West Coast and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Cougars are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Lions are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Cougars last 4 overall. The under is 13-2-1 in Lions last 16 road games.

The Loyola Marymount Lions simply don't have the offensive firepower to hang with the BYU Cougars on the road, as they're shooting just 41.5 percent from the field and averaging 62.2 points on the road this season. The BYU Cougars have always been an offensive explosion at home, and that sort of production has allowed them to win by an average of 11.4 points. With nearly 47 percent shooting and over 80 points scored, BYU should be able to handle Loyola Marymount rather easily. I'll lay the chalk with the Cougars at home.

BYU -6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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