Saint Mary’s vs. Loyola Marymount Pick
Can No. 11 Saint Mary’s go on the road tonight and pick up a lopsided win over Loyola Marymount when the two meet up at 10PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Saint Mary’s is favored on the road, as the Gaels are getting odds of -12 points against Loyola Marymount. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 145 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, California.
St. Mary’s is currently on an 18-game win streak following a narrow 65-62 win at San Diego last weekend. The Gaels are now 23-2 overall, 11-0 in the West Coast Conference and 10-10-1 against the spread. Saint Mary’s is putting up 78.9 points per game this season while allowing just 64.2 per game. Jock Landale has been having a tremendous season, averaging 22.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game for the Gaels. Emmett Naar is adding 10.8 points and 9 assists per contest.
Loyola Marymount is coming off a 68-66 loss at Portland for its sixth loss in seven games. LMU is 7-16 overall, 2-10 in the WCC and 9-9-2 against the spread. The Lions are averaging 72.6 points per game on offense while allowing 77.4 per contest. James Batemon is averaging 17.4 points and 4.7 assists per game to lead the Lions while Eli Scott is adding 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest.
St. Mary’s has won 10 straight meetings in this series and covered in the last three as well. The Gaels picked up an 87-59 win over the Lions back on Dec. 28. St. Mary’s is being asked to cover a lot of points on the road, but LMU hasn’t done very well at home anyway. The Lions have failed to cover in four of their last six at home. Their defense gives up 77 per game at home and that won’t get the job done against St. Mary’s, which allows just 65 per game on the road. The public betting is strongly backing St. Mary’s and I agree with them.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: SAINT MARY’S -12