Loyola Marymount Lions vs. BYU Cougars

The Loyola Marymount Lions look to stay undefeated in the West Coast Conference as they host the BYU Cougars.  The Cougars are -10 point favorites over the Lions with an over/under point total set at 145.5.

The Loyola Marymount Lions have won their last two games and they are looking to make it three in a row. ULM has played the 189th ranked schedule and have gone 5-4 at home thus far. Anthony Ireland averages 14,1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists, Jarred DuBois is averaging 10.2 points, and LaRon Armstead is averaging 9.5 points. As a team Loyola Marymount is averaging 71.1 points and they are shooting 43 percent while defensively they are allowing 6.8 points and their opponents shoot 41.9 percent. The Lions will have their work cut out for them if they hope to be competitive in this increasingly difficult conference.

The BYU Cougars are adjusting to their first year as members of the WCC and after losing badly at St. Mary’s they leveled their conference record by pasting San Diego. BYU has won four of their last five games and eight of their last 10 with the other loss over that span coming to Baylor. Noah Hartsock is averaging 17.1 points and 5.8 rebounds, Brandon Davies has 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds, and Charles Abouo averages 11.9 points and 6.6 rebounds. As a team BYU is averaging 80.2 points and they are shooting 48.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.1 points and their opponents are shooting 39.7 percent. BYU looks to be good enough to put wins together but they have yet to step it up against the better teams.

Loyola Marymount is 4-1 against the spread in West Coast Conference games, 3-7 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall. BYU is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, 5-17 against the spread following a cover, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six Thursday games.

The line in this one has hit double digits and I do not love this game but I’ll roll with the home team getting points.

Pick

Loyola Marymount Lions +10 BYU Cougars

January 5, 2012 by : Posted in College Basketball, Sportsbook No Comments

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