Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Lions versus the Gaels? Tip off is at at 10:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPNU. The game will be played at University Credit Union Pavilion in Moraga, CA. This West Coast conference matchup has an over/under of 131 points, and Saint Mary’s is favored to win by -15.5 at home vs. Loyola Marymount.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS VS SAINT MARY’S GAELS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Loyola Marymount Lions +15.5

This game will be played at University Credit Union Pavilion at 10:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Gaels.
  • Even though we have Saint Mary’s winning straight-up, we like Loyola Marymount at +15.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 131 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Will the Lions Make it Happen in Moraga?

After their 92-65 win over Portland, Loyola Marymount comes into this game with a 10-10 record, including a 3-3 mark in West Coast Conference play. So far, the Lions have gone 2-3 on the road this season, and they have gone 4-6 in their last 10 road games.

As the underdog, Loyola Marymount has gone 2-4 this season, while they have gone 8-6 when they have been favored. On the year, the Lions have an average scoring margin of -6.0 points per game on the road.

As the underdog, Loyola Marymount has gone 3-3 vs. the spread this season. On the road, the Lions have an ATS mark of 2-3 and they are 5-5 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread. Overall, Loyola Marymount is 9-11 vs. the spread this year.

So far this year, the over/under record for Loyola Marymount games is 11-9. On average, their games have finished with 143.6 points, which is 2.0 points lower than the average over/under line of 145.6. Today’s over/under line of 131 is lower than the average scoring total in their games this year, and their last three games have averaged 150 points.

The Loyola Marymount offense is coming off a game where they scored 92 points against Portland. They posted a field goal percentage of 53.7% and connected on 16 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Alex Merkviladze with 25 points. Keli Leaupepe also added 20 points for the Lions.

The Lions’ defense is presently ranked 103rd nationally, allowing an average of 69.5 points per contest. Loyola Marymount’s three-point defense is currently 23rd in the country at 5.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 45.1% of their shots vs. Loyola Marymount.

Is A Home Victory Likely for the Favored Gaels?

So far this season, Saint Mary’s has a record of 15-6, including a perfect 6-0 mark in West Coast Conference play. At home, the Gaels have gone 8-6, and they have won their last three games in Moraga.

On the year, Saint Mary’s has been favored in 18 of its 21 games, going 12-6 in those matchups. Their average scoring margin at home is +13.1, and they have won their last three games overall.

On the season, Saint Mary’s has gone 10-10 against the spread, including a 7-7 mark at home. Over their last three home games, the Gaels are 3-0 vs. the spread. When favored, Saint Mary’s has an ATS record of 8-10 this season.

Today’s over/under line of 131 for the Saint Mary’s game against Loyola Marymount is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (132.3). So far, the over/under record in their games is 10-10. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 120 points and the over/under record is 1-2.

The Gaels’ offense finished with 76 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 72.6 points per contest. The team’s scoring leader is Aidan Mahaney, who holds an average of 14.5 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Mitchell Saxen is averaging 11.3 points per game this season.

At this time, the Gaels’ defense is positioned 2nd in the country, permitting 57.2 points per game. Saint Mary’s’ three-point defense is currently 10th in the country at 4.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.9% of their shots vs. Saint Mary’s.