St. Mary’s Gaels vs. Loyola Marymount Lions
NCAA: Saturday, January 25, Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, 9:00 PM ET
The St. Mary’s Gaels won three of the previous four games, including the last two over the Pepperdine Waves and San Francisco Dons. The Gaels now improved to a 17-4 record (4-2) in conference play and are in the 2nd place in the WCC.
The Loyola Marymount Lions snapped a four-game losing streak with a home victory over the Portland Pilots. Loyola Marymount improved to an 8-12 record (2-4 in conference play) and is in 8th place in the WCC.
These conference rivals met once last season, and the Gaels won that game at Gersten Pavilion. St. Mary’s won each of the last 14 H2H duels, while the Gaels were better in the previous 11 meetings on the road.
The Gaels allowed season-low 48 points in a win over the DonsSt. Mary’s didn’t impress offensively against the San Francisco Dons but displayed the best defensive performance of the campaign in a 58-48 home win. The Gaels actually trailed by three points at halftime before switching to a higher gear defensively and allowing just 20 points to the visitors in the second half. The hosts forced 17 turnovers and recorded 11 steals opposite San Francisco’s five, while the Gaels made 12 free throws more than the Dons (13-1). Junior forward Malik Fitts led St. Mary’s with 18 points and was the only Gael in double figures in a win.
GAELS WIN!— Saint Mary's Hoops (@saintmaryshoops) January 24, 2020
Saint Mary's climbs back from a 14-point deficit to defeat USF on Australian Heritage Night inside University Credit Union Pavilion. pic.twitter.com/AJVXDt6YKF
The Gaels have the 86th offense in the NCAA that averages 75.4 points per game, and they are facing the Lions’ 146th defense that allows 67.8 points per contest. The Lions are 277th in rebounds with 33.8 and 219th in assists with 12.7 per game.
The Lions’ first-half performance was enough to beat the PilotsLoyola Marymount managed to end the four-game losing run with a 77-65 home victory over the Portland Pilots, thanks to a strong first-half display. The Lions played very well defensively in the opening 20 minutes and kept the visitors to 28 points, scoring 37 on the other end. Although the Pilots played better in the second half, that wasn’t enough to avoid a loss. Loyola Marymount shot over 50.0% from the floor and dominated in both rebounds (43-24) and assists (22-13). The hosts did commit even 19 turnovers opposite Portland’s six, but luckily for the Lions, that didn’t hurt them in this game. Freshman forward Keli Leaupepe led the Lions with career-high 24 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Parker Dortch followed him with 20 points and four boards, while Jordan Bell had 13 points, four rebounds, and two steals.
The Lions have the 304th offense in the NCAA that averages 66.3 points per game, and they are facing the Gaels’ 89th defense that allows 65.6 points per contest. The Lions are 343rd in rebounds with 30.7 and 241st in assists with 12.5 per game.
Loyola Marymount: • 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall • 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win • 0-6 ATS in their last six games when playing at home against St. Mary’s
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com and Oddsshark.com St. Mary’s: • 5-1 ATS in their last six road games • 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a road favorite • 5-0 ATS in their last five games against Loyola Marymount