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The Loyola Marymount Lions will host the BYU Cougars in a WCC tilt Saturday late afternoon from the Gersten Pavilion. The Cougars came through with an 88-82 road win over San Diego on Thursday night, and the Lions fell 73-60 to Gonzaga in their previous contest. BYU notched a dominating 67-49 home win over Loyola Marymount earlier this month.
BYU Outlasts San Diego in Fourth Straight Victory
The BYU Cougars head into this one on a roll, winning four consecutive games which included an 88-82 overtime road win against San Diego on Thursday. The Cougars have rocketed up to second place in the WCC standings with a 9-3 conference record. BYU shot a solid 48% in Thursday’s win, while holding San Diego to a 52% clip. Cougars’ top scorer Yoeli Childs played a key role in the victory, sinking 27 points along with 12 rebounds. The junior forward is red-hot, registering three consecutive double-doubles, and he is up to 21.2 PPG and 9.8 RPG on the year.
TJ Haws is coming off a season-best 35 points on 11 for 18 shooting in Thursday’s victory. The junior guard has now eclipsed 20 points five times in conference play, and he is averaging 17.7 points on 48% shooting.
— BYU Basketball (@BYUbasketball) February 15, 2019
The Cougars are currently ranked at 78th in the nation in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they possess a 4-7 road record. BYU is very dangerous offensively, and they are averaging 80.5 points on the season, good for 34th in the country. The Cougars defense has been sharp recently, and they are holding opponents to 75.6 points, placing them 279th overall.
Loyola Marymount Falls to #3 Gonzaga
The Loyola Marymount Lions enter this contest losers of three out of their last four games. The Lions were defeated 73-60 by #3 Gonzaga on Thursday night in a game that had Gonzaga favored by 22 points. Loyola Marymount recorded a weak 38% clip from the field, while Gonzaga was able to shoot 46%. Lions’ top scorer James Batemon tallied 12 points on a 6 for 18 shooting performance in the defeat. The senior guard has only reached 20 points twice in conference play, and he is currently averaging 16.7 PPG on a 41.7% shooting percentage.
Dameane Douglas is playing well, shooting at least 55% in four out of his last five games. The freshman guard stands third in team scoring with 8.4 PPG and 5 RPG on the season.
— LMU Men's Basketball (@lmulionsMBB) February 15, 2019
Loyola Marymount is currently placed at 137th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they feature a 10-3 home record. The Lions are in the middle of the pack in the WCC standings with a 5-7 conference record. They are currently averaging 67.6 points, pegging them down at 304th overall. Loyola Marymount relies on their defense to win games, and they are holding opponents to 62.2 points, good for 13th in the country.
The Loyola Marymount Lions are:
- 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss.
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit home loss.
- the home team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between the Cougars and Lions.
The BYU Cougars are:
- 3-13 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.
- 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am siding with Loyola Marymount in this contest. BYU has been inconsistent from an offensive standpoint recently, and they have scored 69 or fewer points in three out of their last five games. Loyola Marymount is an outstanding defensive team, and they have only allowed an average of 60.4 points in their last five games overall.
Furthermore, the Cougars defense is a weakness. Their three-point defense stands down at 284th in the country, and BYU has only won 4 of their 11 road games on the season. Loyola Marymount is the better defensive team, and they feature a 10-3 home record on the season.
Prediction: Loyola Marymount
Full-Game Total Pick
I am confident in the under in this matchup. Loyola Marymount is limiting opponents to 41.9% shooting on the season, and I expect their defense to neutralize the Cougars in this one, plus the under is 5-1-1 in their last seven games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
In addition, while I expect a productive performance from the Lions, BYU has held their opposition to 59 or fewer points in three out of their last four games, and the under is 7-1 in their last eight games overall.
Full-Game Prop Bet
I am confident in the Lions defense. They are holding opponents to 30.9% shooting from three-point range, and BYU is not effective from deep as they own a weak 33.2% clip from beyond the arc. Also, Loyola Marymount has only allowed an average of 60 points in their last three home games.
Prediction: BYU Team Total: Under
Half-Time Side Pick
I am sticking with Loyola Marymount on the first half line. The Lions are one of the best defensive teams in the country in the first half. They are limiting opponents to only 29.1 points in the first half, good for 20th in the country. Also, BYU ranks 238th overall with an average of 34.9 points against in the opening half.
Prediction: Loyola Marymount