WCC foes will collide when the Pepperdine Waves (8-9, 1-2 WCC) clash with the Loyola Marymount Lions (7-10, 1-2 WCC) at Firestone Fieldhouse. Action begins at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020.
Loyola Marymount Lions vs. Pepperdine Waves Betting Preview
In the Lions’ last contest, they lost big to the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs, 87-62. With 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting, Eli Scott was the game’s leading scorer. Gonzaga out-rebounded Loyola Marymount. The Bulldogs had more offensive rebounds (10 vs. four), defensive rebounds (31 vs. 19) and total rebounds (41 vs. 23).
The Waves come in on a high note after defeating the San Diego Toreros in their last outing, 85-78. Pepperdine received a boost from Kameron Edwards, who led the team in scoring with 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting. The Waves made 24 of their 32 free throws (75.0 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.575 (above their season average of 0.493).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Waves won two out of three games played against each other last season. In the most recent contest, Pepperdine won 68-65. The Waves’ 29.6 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over the Lions, who had a mark of 23.3.
The aggressive Pepperdine offense could be living from the foul line in this battle. The Waves currently rank 37th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.277, while Loyola Marymount ranks 329th in FTA rate allowed (0.294).
Loyola Marymount vs. Pepperdine Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Pepperdine, ATS Winner – Loyola Marymount, O/U – Under
The Waves rank 114th in blocks per game (3.2) while the Lions rank 131st in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
Loyola Marymount averages 6.4 steals per game, which ranks 139th in the country. Pepperdine ranks 140th in steals allowed per game (7.1).
Loyola Marymount ranks 27th in rebounds allowed per game (31.0) while Pepperdine ranks 164th (35.8).
The Waves rank 121st in three pointers attempted per game (22.8) while the Lions rank 255th (17.7).
Pepperdine ranks 50th in assists per game (15.0) while Loyola Marymount ranks 181st (12.1).
The Waves’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.8, up from 0.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lions have scored an average of 57.6 points per game (8.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.6 points per game (2.4 below their season average).