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San Diego vs. LMU - 1/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LMU at San Diego
Date & Time Thursday January 24, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Jenny Craig Pavilion
San Diego, CA
The Line
San Diego Toreros -5.5 -- Over/Under: 130
TV Channel
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The Loyola Marymount Lions will travel to Jenny Craig Pavilion to take on the San Diego Toreros this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Loyola Marymount Lions snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 14-5 (2-3 WCC) on the season after defeating the Pepperdine Waves, 74-70, this past Saturday. Loyola Marymount was solid on the offensive end against the Waves and was able to hold off Pepperdine after taking a 68-58 lead with 5:05 left in regulation. Loyola Marymount shot 51.9% from the field and outrebounded the Waves by a 34-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Lions was Mattias Markusson who had 11 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 69.8 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Lions are averaging 5.3 three-pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Marymount has led by James Batemon (17.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.7 spg), Mattias Markusson (10.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg), Eli Scott (8.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Joe Quintana (8.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg).

Defensively, Loyola Marymount is holding their opponents to an average of 62.3 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Lions have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of 2.1.

The San Diego Toreros dropped to 13-7 (2-3 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the San Diego Toreros, 76-59, this past Saturday. San Diego struggled from beyond arc agianst the Gaels and couldn’t fight back into the game after the Gaels took a 59-43 lead with 7:37 left in regulation. San Diego shot just 18.8% from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by the Gaels by a 40-29 margin. Leading the way for the Toreros was Iasiah Pineiro who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, San Diego is averaging 75.0 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Toreros are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego has been led by Isaiah Pineiro (19.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Olin Carter III (16.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), Isaiah Wright (13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg), and Tyler Williams (9.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.4 apg).

Defensively, San Diego is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Toreros have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of -0.9.

The Lions are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Toreros are 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games following an ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Loyola Marymount has lost 4 of their last 6 games and although their offense is ranked just 269th in scoring offense, the Lions defense has been outstanding as they rank 15th in scoring defense & 92nd defensive FG%. San Diego has split their last 8 games, however, the Toreros have been solid this season on both ends of the court as they rank 148th in scoring offense, 49th in FG%, and 99th in scoring defense.

San Diego has an impressive 9-1 record at home however, the Toreros haven’t been playing their best basketball as of late, which included a surprising 76-71 loss to Pepperdine in their last home game. Loyola Marymount has been solid ATS on the road this season and as I think their defense will be able to keep this one close, I’m taking the Lions and the points in this one.

Loyola Marymount Lions +5.5

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