The Loyola Marymount Lions (10-19, 4-11 WCC) and San Francisco Dons (19-11, 8-7 WCC) will clash at Albert Gersten Pavilion to close out the regular season. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
San Francisco Dons vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Odds Preview
In the Dons’ last outing, they defeated the Portland Pilots, 81-65. With 16 points and 13 rebounds, San Francisco’s Jimbo Lull played well. San Francisco dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.3 (better than their season average of 15.8) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 21.6 (below their season average of 29.6). Portland was 21.6 and 18.9, respectively, for those same stats.
The Lions are trying to rebound after their 60-53 loss to the Pacific Tigers in their last outing. With 11 points and eight rebounds, Keli Leaupepe put together a solid game for Loyola Marymount. Pacific had a healthier turnover percentage (17.2 vs. 21.8). Loyola Marymount, on the other hand, did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (13-18; 72.2 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Dons won 61-53. San Francisco had a much better free throw rate (0.227 vs. 0.111). Loyola Marymount, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.3 vs. 22.2). Charles Minlend was the game’s top overall scorer with 19 points.
The upper-echelon offense of Loyola Marymount will clash against the mid-tier defense of San Francisco. The Lions rank 86th in effective field goal percentage (0.519), while the Dons are 242nd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.504). The Lions should have the advantage on that end of the court.
San Francisco vs. Loyola Marymount Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Loyola Marymount, ATS Winner – Loyola Marymount, O/U – Over
The Dons average 7.2 steals per game, which ranks 74th in the nation. The Lions rank 123rd in steals allowed per game (6.4).
San Francisco averages 3.1 blocks per game, which ranks 119th in the nation. Loyola Marymount ranks 128th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
San Francisco ranks 27th in three pointers attempted per game (26.9) while Loyola Marymount ranks 278th (17.7).
The Dons rank 101st in rebounds per game (36.7) while the Lions rank 283rd (30.2).
San Francisco ranks 46th in assists allowed per game (10.9) while Loyola Marymount ranks 197th (13.6).
The Lions’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.4, up from 3.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Dons have scored an average of 68.8 points per game (6.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.6 points per game (0.1 above their season average).