Loyola Marymount vs. Portland
NCAA Basketball: Saturday, January 14th, 10:00 pm EST
Line: Loyola Marymount -1
The Lions of Loyola Marymount head to Portland to take on the Pilots on Saturday night. Both teams have aspirations of finishing in the top half of the WCC, but the conference is a lot more than Gonzaga and St. Mary’s, and they will have a tough time doing so. Loyola played Gonzaga on Thursday and got waxed 93-55. The loss dropped the Lions to 8-8 overall but only 1-4 in conference. Portland is getting crushed by St. Mary’s and will drop to 9-7 and 2-2 in conference.
Although having the worse overall record, LMU has been the better team when it comes to covering. They are 8-5-2 ATS this year and 2-2 on the road. Portland is 6-6-1 overall ATS and 2-2-1 at home. Not much to be deciphered here.
Lions get crushed by Gonzaga
LMU got absolutely obliterated on Thursday night, losing by 38 to the #5 team in the nation. The Lions played a solid first half and only trailed by 11, but got outscored 47-20 in the second half. The Lions defense was scored upon at will, allowing 53% shooting from the field and 55% from the line. I knew they couldn’t compete with the top teams, but I didn’t expect an almost 40 point loss.
On the bright side, senior guard Buay Tauch had a very nice game. He shot seven of 10 from the field and made three of five from beyond the arc to finish with 19 points. He also had four rebounds. Unfortunately, no other Lions added any offensive punch, with Tauch being the lone Lion in double digits.
Look the other way
If you are a Portland fan, you may want to look the other way. As of this writing on Thursday night, they are down 37-9 in the first half against St. Mary’s. Did I say this is a home game for the Pilots? Or did I mention it’s on national TV? A total embarrassment for the Pilots in the first half. If they come back to win this game I’ll change my name to Pilot.
The Pilots shot four of 21 in the first half and didn’t make a three pointer. For comparison sake, St. Mary’s junior Calvin Hermanson shot seven of 10 from the field and made three three-pointers himself in the first half. He’s also nearly doubling (17-9) the total of the Pilots. Go change the channel!
The Loyola Marymount Lions are:
- 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.
- 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
The Portland Pilots are:
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. West Coast.
Both of these teams got, or are getting, crushed by the two best teams in the conference. The Lions lost by 38 and the Pilots may be on their way to a worse loss. The fact that the Portland game is on national TV has to effect them for their next game, and I can’t see them playing well. For that reason alone, I like the Lions to pull out the win on Saturday.