Loyola Marymount Lions visit BYU Cougars in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Loyola Marymount Lions vs BYU Cougars Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the BYU Cougars try to run the Loyola Marymount Lions off the court at Marriott Center in college hoops action.
Supporters of the Lions have watched them go 7-6 and 3-6 ATS on the year, while the Cougars are at 10-4 and 6-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Cougars are 3-4-1, while the Lions have a 3-3 mark.
Bettors looking to side with BYU in this one found them as 15-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 26-ranked Cougars and the No. 158-rated Lions in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 81-77 win for the Cougars on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and BYU has the nation's No. 31-rated offensive output, at 78.1 PPG. The visiting Lions defense ranks No. 227 allowing on average 69 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 45% so far, more than the Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.
Defensively, Loyola Marymount features the nation's No. 239-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.8 points per game. BYU, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 nationally in scoring at home.
Loyola Marymount was a 73-66 winner in its last match at home against CS Bakersfield. The Roadrunners were burned for 27 points by Anthony Ireland on Saturday as the Lions put another game in the win column, 73-66, at Gersten Pavilion.
Last time out for BYU, they were a 97-71 winner as they battled Virginia Tech at home. They covered in the match as a 11-point favorite. BYU cruised to victory on Saturday, running Virginia Tech out of the gym and running up a 97-71 score at EnergySolutions Arena.
Loyola Marymount Lions Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing St. Mary's are 5-5
After playing CS Bakersfield are 2-4
After a win are 3-7
BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing San Francisco are 5-1
After playing Virginia Tech are 0-1
After a win are 6-4
A few Lions at Cougars trends to consider:
Loyola Marymount is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
BYU is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Loyola Marymount at St. Mary's, Saturday, January 5
BYU at San Francisco, Saturday, January 5