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LMU vs. Pepperdine - 3/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pepperdine at LMU
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Orleans Arena
Las Vagas, NV
The Line
Loyola Marymount Lions -4.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5
TV Channel
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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Pepperdine Waves and Loyola Marymount Lions will square off at Orleans Arena in the 2nd round of the WCC Men’s Tournament this Friday night.

The 8-seeded Pepperdine Waves kept their season alive and advanced in the WCC Men’s Tournament as the Waves defeated the 9-seeded Pacific Tigers, 61-53, last night. Pepperdine trailed by a 41-29 margin with just under 13 minutes left in the 2nd half, however, the Waves were outstanding offensively down the stretch and was able to pull away after taking a 56-51 lead with 1:42 left in regulation. Pepperdine held Pacific to just 33.3% shooting from the field and 29.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Waves was Colbey Ross who had 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 76.0 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Waves are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pepperdine has been led by Colbey Ross (19.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 7.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Kameron Edwards (16.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.0 apg), Eric Cooper Jr. (10.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg), and Kessler Edwards (10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Pepperdine is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Waves have a rebound margin of -3.7 and a turnover margin of 2.4.

The Loyola Marymount Lions finished their regular season with an overall record of 20-10 and earned the 5-seed in the WCC Men’s Tournament after finishing conference play with an 8-8 record. Loyola Marymount came out of the gates strong this season, winning 11 of their first 12 games which included a solid 65-62 victory over Georgetown, and although they struggled against the top-tier teams in the WCC, the Lions come into post-season play riding a 3-game winning streak. Loyola Marymount comes into this game ranked just 294th in scoring offense, however, the Lions have been solid defensively as they currently rank 14th in scoring defense & 79th in defensive FG%.

On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 67.6 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Lions are averaging 4.7 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Marymount has been led by James Batemon (17.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.7 spg), Mattias Markusson (9.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Dameane Douglas (8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Eli Scott (8.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.6 apg).

Defensively, Loyola Marymount is holding their opponents to an average of 62.8 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Lions have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Waves are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Lions are 5-0-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.

Pepperdine & Loyola Marymount split their regular season series as the Waves won by a 77-62 margin at home in early January while the Lions won by a 74-70 margin at home in mid-January.

Pepperdine was 3-1 at neutral sites this season, but overall, the Waves weren’t that great on the road as they posted just a 2-11 record in away games. Loyola Marymount has been led by their strong defense, which even gave Gonzaga a run for their money late in the regular season and as I think the Lions will have success in slowing down the Waves offense, I’m taking Loyola Marymount to cover this spread. Good Luck!

Loyola Marymount Lions -4.5

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