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Pacific vs. LMU - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LMU at Pacific
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 3:30 PM (EST)
Alex G. Spanos Center
Stockton, California
The Line
Pacific Tigers PK O/U: 124
TV Channel
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The Loyola Marymount Lions and the Pacific Tigers will meet up on the college basketball court Saturday.

Loyola Marymount enters this game with a 17-10 mark on the year. The Lions have lost four of their last five games, dropping to BYU, San Diego, Gonzaga and BYU again in that time.

In the loss to the Cougars, Loyola Marymount’s top scorer was James Batemon, with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists. Joe Quintana added 14 points for the Lions in that one, and Mattias Markusson posted 10 points with six boards.

Over on the Pacific side, they’re 13-15 this season. The Tigers have lost their last four straight games, falling to Saint Mary’s, BYU, Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s again during that stretch.

In the loss to the Gaels, no Tiger was in double-digits for any category, and the team mustered just 32 points. Jeremiah Bailey led Pacific on eight points, and Anthony Townes put up five points with five rebounds.

Loyola Marymount is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 after a straight-up loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 after an ATS loss. The Lions are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 versus a team with a losing straight-up record and the under is 14-3-1 in their last 18 road games.

Meanwhile, the Tigers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up loss of more than 20 points, and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 after a double-digit loss at home. The under is 10-2 in the Tigers’ last 12 overall and 10-2 in their last 12 versus the West Coast.

Loyola Marymount had a 36-30 lead on the Cougars at halftime in their last game, but were outscored 40-26 in the second half and ended up losing 70-62. That continues a sketchy trend of scoring woes for the Lions, who don’t have a super-dominant offense but keep teams at bay on the other side.

Pacific was blown out 60-42 the last time these teams met up, but at home I think the Tigers can remain within striking distance. I’m taking Pacific here, but I’m not thrilled about it.

Pacific Tigers PK

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