Last Updated: 2019-03-28
The College Basketball Invitational matchup between the South Florida Bulls (21-13) and the Loyola Marymount Lions (22-11) will take place at Yuengling Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 132 points with South Florida set as a 4.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
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In the Lions’ last contest, they dismantled the Brown Bears, 81-63. James Batemon was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Loyola Marymount played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 13.0 (better than their season average of 16.9) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 30.7). Brown recorded marks of 27.7 and 26.9, respectively, for those same stats.
The Bulls will look to keep it rolling after defeating the Utah Valley Wolverines in their last game, 66-57. South Florida received a boost from Alexis Yetna, who was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting. South Florida played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.098 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 17.0 (better than their season average of 19.0). For those same stats, Utah Valley was 0.053 and 25.0, respectively.
Points could be at a premium as a pair of the nation’s premier defenses face off. South Florida ranks 38th in defensive efficiency (96.5) and Loyola Marymount is 49th (97.5). Additionally, the Lions are among the country’s elite at getting to the line, ranking 42nd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.274). The Bulls, meanhwile, rank 337th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.296).
Loyola Marymount Lions vs. South Florida Bulls Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – South Florida, ATS Winner – South Florida, O/U – Over
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South Florida ranks 218th in three pointers attempted per game (21.1) while Loyola Marymount ranks 325th (15.0).
The Bulls’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.8, down from 5.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lions have scored an average of 69.6 points per game (2.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 65.0 points per game (2.3 above their season average).