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Loyola Marymount vs. Gonzaga - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-3) at Loyola Marymount Lions (5-9)
Date & Time Saturday January 6, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions +18.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-3) at Loyola Marymount Lions (5-9)
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Over at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday night, the Gonzaga Bulldogs will take on the Loyola Marymount Lions in college basketball action. 

Gonzaga is currently 13-3 on the season. The Bulldogs have won their last three games, most recently taking out Pepperdine on Thursday. In that one, Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie logged 22 points to lead the team. 

Josh Perkins is tops in scoring for Gonzaga this year (13.6 PPG), as is Johnathan Williams (13.6 PPG; 7.1 RPG). Also in double-digits for the Bulldogs are Zach Norvell (13.0 PPG), Tillie (12.3 PPG), Rui Hachimura (10.1 PPG) and Silas Melson (10.0 PPG). 

Over on the Loyola-Marymount side, they’re sitting at 5-9 this year. The Lions have lost five straight games, most recently to Santa Clara on Thursday. In that matchup, Loyola’s Steven Haney put up 17 points. 

Heading up the Lions’ scoring attack this season is James Batemon with 17.7 PPG. Also in the double-digit club for Loyola-Marymount are Eli Scott (13.1 PPG; 7.4 RPG) and Haney (11.9 PPG). 

The Bulldogs are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 versus the West Coast. Gonzaga is also 38-17-2 ATS in their last 57 games overall and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win. 

Meanwhile, the Lions are 13-5-2 ATS in their last 20 Saturday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. Loyola-Marymount is also 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five versus the West Coast. 

Gonzaga is one of the most well-balanced teams in the country, and when pressed they can pull scoring from just about anywhere on the roster. The Bulldogs are in something of a down period in their schedule, and besides a loss to a pesky and underrated SDSU team they’ve been crushing over their last seven games. As for the Lions, they’ve got a few capable scorers but on the whole have been allowing way too many points to stay close—at least 80 in four of their last five. I don’t see a whole lot of scenarios with Loyola covering here so I’m going with Gonzaga.

Pick:
Gonzaga Bulldogs -18.5

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