Loyola Marymount at St. Mary's - 1/12/23 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

St. Mary's Gaels (14-4) vs Loyola Marymount Lions (12-6)

Game Info: Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 9:00 pm (University Credit Union Pavilion)

Betting Odds: St. Mary's Gaels -13.5 -- Over/Under: 130 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Loyola Marymount Lions and Saint Mary’s Gaels face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at McKeon Pavilion. When these two teams faced off last February it was Saint Mary’s that secured the 71-60. 

Loyola Marymount comes into this game with a 12-6 record and they have gone 10-7 against the spread. In the last game against San Francisco, they were competitive but ended up losing 72-70. Keli Leaupepe finished with 22 points and six rebounds. Loyola Marymount comes into this game averaging 75.8 points while their defense is giving up 69.5 points per game. The offense is ranked 101st while the defense is ranked 203rd. Guard Cam Shelton is averaging 18 points while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from behind the three point line. 

On the other side of this matchup is Saint Mary’s who sits with a 14-4 record overall and they have gone 10-6-1 against the spread. In the last game against Portland the defense gave up only 43 points and that led to the 42 point victory. There were five different players that finished with at least 10 points. Saint Mary’s is averaging 71.2 points while their defense is giving up 57.4 points per game. The defense is ranked 7th best in the league and they need the defense to lockdown here. Aidan Mahaney is averaging 14.3 points while shooting 45.5 pecent from the field and 41.8 percent from behind the three point line. 

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The Lions are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games following an against the spread loss. Saint Mary’s is 14-3 against the spread in their last 17 games on Thursday. The over is 6-0 in the Lions last six road games. The over is 4-1-1 in Saint Mary’s last six games against a team with a winning straight up record. 

Saint Mary’s defense is elite, and they are going to lock down again in this game. Their defense is giving up only 57.4 points and Loyola Marymount is going to really struggle to score in this game. Saint Mary’s will attack the weak defense of Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary’s will cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick St. Mary's -13.5

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