Saint Mary's-California Gaels (23-2) at Loyola Marymount Lions (7-16)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 8, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions +14.5 -- Over/Under:
The Saint Mary's Gaels and Loyola Marymount Lions meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Gersten Pavilion.
The Saint Mary's Gaels look for another victory after not losing a game since November 26. The Saint Mary's Gaels are averaging 78.9 points on 52.4 percent shooting and allowing 64.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Jock Landale is averaging 22.8 points and 10.8 rebounds while Calvin Hermanson is averaging 11.5 points and 1.2 assists. Emmett Naar is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Ford is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Saint Mary's Gaels are shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Mary's Gaels are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The Saint Mary's Gaels haven’t lost a road game since January 14 of last year.
The Loyola Marymount Lions would love a monster upset win after losing 12 of their last 14 games. The Loyola Marymount Lions are averaging 73.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 76.9 points on 48.9 percent shooting. James Batemon is averaging 17.4 points and 4.7 assists while Eli Scott is averaging 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds. Steven Haney is the third double-digit scorer and Mattias Markusson is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Loyola Marymount Lions are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola Marymount Lions are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Loyola Marymount Lions have lost five of their last seven home games.
The Gaels are 12-5-2 ATS in their last 19 vs. West Coast, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games. The Lions are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Gaels are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Loyola Marymount, 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the the favorite is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Loyola Marymount Lions have been a punching bag for Saint Mary's over the years, as almost all of the recent meetings between these clubs have been blowout city. It's hard seeing this game being much different given the firepower the Gaels have and the fact they haven't lost a road game in over a year and are outscoring teams by 13 points on the road this season. Loyola Marymount has been decent at home this year, but there's a massive step up when playing Saint Mary's and Gonzaga. The Saint Mary's Gaels win easily.