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San Francisco vs. LMU - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
LMU at San Francisco
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
War Memorial Gymnasium
San Francisco, CA
The Line
San Francisco Dons -8 -- Over/Under: 131
TV Channel
https://watchstadium.com/network/wcc-network/
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The Loyola Marymount Lions will travel to War Memorial Gymnasium to take on the San Francisco Dons this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Loyola Marymount Lions won their 2nd straight game and improved to 19-10 (7-8 WCC) on the season after defeating the Santa Clara Broncos, 72-70, this past Thursday. Loyola Marymount trailed by a 48-31 margin at halftime, however, dominated the Broncos on the defensive end in the 2nd half and fought from a 20-point deficit to secure the come from beyond win. Loyola Marymount held Santa Clara to 42.6% shooting from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Lions was James Batemon who had 23 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 67.4 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Lions are averaging 4.8 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Marymount has been led by James Batemon (16.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.7 spg), Mattias Markusson (10.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Dameane Douglas (8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Eli Scott (8.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.7 apg).

Defensively, Loyola Marymount is holding their opponents to an average of 62.6 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Lions have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The San Francisco Dons lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 21-8 (9-6 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the San Diego Toreros, 91-90 in OT, this past Thursday. San Francisco allowed San Diego to force OT after Olin Carter III made a game-time three-pointers at the end of regulation and couldn’t secure the win after a Jordan Ratinho game winning attempt came up short as time expired in OT. San Francisco allowed San Diego to shoot 51.6% from the field and 42.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Dons was Charles Minlend who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.

On the season, San Francisco is averaging 76.4 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Dons are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Francisco has been led by Frankie Ferrari (14.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.6 spg), Charles Minlend (14.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.6 apg), Jordan Ratinho (9.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Matt McCarthy (9.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg).

Defensively, San Francisco is holding their opponents to an average of 66.8 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Dons have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

The Lions are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Dons are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS loss and just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

Loyola Marymount has won 3 of their last 5 games and although their offense can struggle as they rank just 299th in scoring offense, the Lions defense has been solid as they currently rank 14th in scoring defense & 84th in defensive FG%.

San Francisco has lost 5 of their last 9 games, however, the Dons have been statistically solid on both ends of the court this season as they rank 84th in scoring offense, 55th in FG%, and 58th in scoring defense.

San Francisco has had a solid season however, the Dons haven’t looked like the same team that we saw at the beginning of the season and has struggled defensively as of late as over their last 8 games they are allowing their opponents to average 77.5 ppg. Loyola Marymount has been decent on the road this season as they are 6-6 in away games and as I think their defense will be able to keep this game close, I think taking the Lions and the points are the play here. Good Luck!

Pick:
Loyola Marymount Lions +8

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