The West Coast Conference Tourney showdown between the Loyola Marymount Lions (11-20, 5-12 WCC) and the San Francisco Dons (20-11, 9-7 WCC) will take place at Orleans Arena. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Loyola Marymount Lions vs. San Francisco Dons Free Preview
The Lions beat the San Diego Toreros in their last contest, 75-61. Keli Leaupepe was the game’s high scorer with 23 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Loyola Marymount played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 47.8 (above their season average of 27.3) and a free throw rate of 0.636 (above their season average of 0.224). San Diego was 22.2 and 0.404, respectively, for those same stats.
The last time the Dons played it was against the Lions. The Dons won 69-67. The Dons’ 13.3 turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Lions, who had a rate of 21.4. Charles Minlend was a standout player in the game, producing 19 points. The Dons have now won both matchups against the Lions this season.
The prolific offense of San Francisco (100th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 106.3) will battle against the mid-tier defense of Loyola Marymount (288th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 104.7). The Dons should have the advantage on that side of the ball.
Loyola Marymount Lions vs. San Francisco Dons Free Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – San Francisco, ATS Winner – San Francisco, O/U – Under
The Dons rank 69th in steals per game (7.3) while the Lions rank 142nd in steals allowed per game (6.6).
San Francisco ranks 25th in three pointers attempted per game (26.9) while Loyola Marymount ranks 273rd (17.7).
The Dons rank 105th in rebounds per game (36.5) while the Lions rank 291st (30.4).
San Francisco ranks 45th in assists allowed per game (11.0) while Loyola Marymount ranks 170th (13.4).
The Dons’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.4, down from 5.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lions have scored an average of 62.4 points per game (2.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 61.0 points per game (6.3 below their season average).