St. Mary's vs. Loyola Marymount - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Mary's vs. Loyola Marymount - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Loyola Marymount Lions (9-17) at St. Mary's Gaels (20-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:00 pm (University Credit Union Pavilion)

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The Loyola Marymount Lions will be travelling to the University Credit Union Pavillion in Moraga, CA to take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels this Thursday night in a WCC showdown, tipping off at 11:00PM ET.

The Loyola Marymount Lions won their last contest and improved to 9-17 (3-9 WCC) on the season after defeating the Santa Clara Broncos this past Saturday.  It was a tight first half seeing the Lions take a 28-27 lead into the half. After going back & forth in the second half, Loyola Marymount was finally able to pull away, grabbing a 55-48 advantage with 2:21 left in regulation that would prove to be enough.  The Lions shot 46.2% from the field and 29.4% from beyond the arc. Eli Scott led the way for Loyola Marymount, putting up 19 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

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On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 65.1 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field.  The Lions are also averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 31.6% shooting from the field.  The offensive leader for Loyola Marymount this season has been Eli Scott (15.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.1 spg), leading the team in all categories.

Defensively, Loyola Marymount is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field.  The Lions are averaging 6.3 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -0.8.

The Saint Mary’s Gaels won their last contest, improving to 21-6 (84- WCC) on the season after defeating the Pacific Tigers 71-63 this past Saturday.  The Gaels never received a threat from the Tigers as they opened up an early lead and led the entire game. Pacific pulled within seven at 46-39 with 13:25 remaining in regulation, but that was as close as they would get as Saint Mary’s cruised to the victory.  The Gaels shot 54.9% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc. Dan Fotu led the charge for Saint Mary’s, hitting a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds as well as 2 assists.

On the season, Saint Mary’s is averaging 75.9 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field.  The Gaels are also averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 41.5% shooting from the three-point line.  The offensive leaders for Saint Mary’s are Jordan Ford (20.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), Malik Fitts (16.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.4 apg) and Tanner Krebs (10.1 ppg, 4.0 rpb).

Defensively, Saint Mary’s is allowing their opponents to score 66.2 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field.  Averaging 6.8 steals per game has helped the Gaels to a strong turnover margin of 1.9 on the season.

Loyola Marymount is 5-4 ATS on the road this season and 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games played in February.  Saint Mary’s is 5-9 ATS this season at home and 5-12 ATS in their past 17 Thursday games.

The Lions are one of the better shooting teams in the country ranking 34th in FG% and an average scoring defense which ranks 154th in the country.  Saint Mary’s is an excellent shooting team this season. Both their FG% and 3pt FG% rank 14th & 2nd respectively in the country.

Saint Mary’s won by 11 earlier in the season at Loyola, however that game got out of hand quickly and Loyola Marymount didn’t mount much of a comeback.  I think the trends continue here and unless Saint Mary’s shoots lights out the Lions give them a closer game so I will take the points on the road in this one.

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David’s Pick Loyola Marymount +15

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