The Loyola Marymount Lions (6-7) will be at home in Albert Gersten Pavilion when they take on the Morgan State Bears (5-8). Action begins at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 28, 2019.
Morgan State Bears vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Betting Preview
In the Bears’ last game, they won big over the Chestnut Hill Griffins, 96-72. Stanley Davis was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Morgan State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 59.4 (above their season average of 32.7) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.577 (above their season average of 0.458). Chestnut Hill had marks of 26.3 and 0.471, respectively, for those same stats.
The Lions will look to maintain momentum after defeating the Cal State Fullerton Titans in their last game, 53-46. Loyola Marymount’s Ivan Alipiev played a pivotal role with 10 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Loyola Marymount played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 14.7 (better than their season average of 18.7) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.5 (above their season average of 27.3). Cal State Fullerton had marks of 24.5 and 30.0, respectively, for those same stats.
Looking at effective field goal percentage, Loyola Marymount should have a significant advantage. The sharp-shooting Lions offense ranks 37th in the NCAA in that metric at 0.550, while the bottom-tier Morgan State defense is ranked 291st in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.483). Contrasting tempos will be on display in this showdown. The up-and-down Bears rank 49th in possessions per game, while the more methodical Lions rank 328th.
Morgan State Bears vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Loyola Marymount, ATS Winner – Loyola Marymount, O/U – Over
Loyola Marymount ranks 24th in rebounds allowed per game (30.7) while Morgan State ranks 228th (34.8).
The Lions rank 123rd in assists per game (12.9) while the Bears rank 140th in assists allowed per game (11.1).
Morgan State ranks 239th in three pointers attempted per game (17.7) while Loyola Marymount ranks 254th (16.3).
The Lions’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.8, up from 1.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 70.6 points per game (0.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.6 points per game (3.8 above their season average).