Loyola Marymount at San Francisco: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Loyola Marymount at San Francisco: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Dons (10-10) vs Loyola Marymount Lions (10-6)

Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm (War Memorial Gymnasium)

Betting Odds: San Francisco Dons -5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Loyola Marymount Lions will travel to the War Memorial at the Sobrato Center to take on the San Francisco Dons this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Loyola Marymount Lions won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-6 on the season after defeating the Santa Clara Broncos, 76-73, this past Tuesday night. Loyola Marymount trailed by a 71-65 with just 2:39 left in regulation, however, the Lions were outstanding offensively down the stretch and was able to take the lead for good after an Eli Scott jumper gave Loyola Marymount a 74-73 lead with :14 seconds left in regulation. Loyola Marymount shot 50.0% from the field and 30.8% from beyond the arc while Santa Clara shot 51.1% from the field and 29.4% from beyond the arc. Loyola Marymount outrebounded Santa Clara by a 31-26 margin and won the turnover battle by a 12-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Lions was Eli Scott who had 37 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, & 2 steals.

On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 70.2 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Lions are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Marymount has been led by Eli Scott (17.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.7 apg), Keli Leaupepe (9.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Joe Quintana (9.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), & Jalin Anderson (6.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.7 apg).

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Defensively, Loyola Marymount is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Lions have a rebound margin of 7.9 and a turnover margin of -3.3.

The San Francisco Dons lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 10-10 on the season after being defeated by the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, 100-61, this past Saturday. San Francisco had no answers defensively for the high-powered Gonzaga offense and could not fight back after the Bulldogs took a 48-26 lead into halftime. San Francisco shot just 35.0% from the field and 21.2% from beyond the arc while Gonzaga shot 61.0% from the field and 47.6% from beyond the arc. San Francisco was outrebounded by Gonzaga by a 35-27 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 15-11 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Dons was Khalil Shabazz who had 14 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, & 2 steals.

On the season, San Francisco is averaging 72.4 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Dons are averaging 10.7 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Francisco has been led by Jamaree Bouyea (16.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Khalil Shabazz (16.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.9 spg), Dzmitry Ryuny (9.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), & Josh Kunen (4.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg).

Defensively, San Francisco is allowing their opponents to average 69.4 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Dons have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Lions are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Dons are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games.

San Francisco has been struggling as of late and although this is still a decent team, the Dons are not overly strong on either end of the court as they come into this game ranked just 153rd in scoring offense & 149th in scoring defense. Loyola Marymount was able to defeat San Francisco by a 68-60 margin at home earlier this season and as I think the Lions defense, which ranks 75th in scoring defense & 18th in rebound margin, will be able to keep this game close, I am taking Loyola Marymount to cover with the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Loyola Marymount Lions +5

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