Loyola Marymount Lions visit Saint Louis Billikens in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Loyola Marymount Lions vs Saint Louis Billikens Odds
The Saint Louis Billikens host Loyola Marymount on Saturday, looking to build on their 7-3 mark against the 5-5 Lions in college hoops action at Chaifetz Arena.
The Billikens bring a 7-3 record (3-6 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-5 Lions, who are 3-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Saint Louis go 3-4 so far and the Lions go 3-2.
Bettors looking to side with Saint Louis in this one found them as 13-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. 226-ranked Billikens and the No. 150-rated Lions in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 76-73 win for the Billikens on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Saint Louis's No. 214-ranked scoring average of 66.3 PPG, against a Lions defense rated No. 260 and allowing 70.4 PPG. The Billikens FG% has averaged 46% to date this season, more than the Lions shooters have managed so far (44.5% per game).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Loyola Marymount owns the country's No. 260-rated mark, allowing 75.6 points per game on the highway. Saint Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 256 in scoring at home.
Loyola Marymount was a 73-70 loser in their most recent outing at home against Mississippi. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs. Anthony Ireland scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Lions to a win (they lost 73-70 to Mississippi at Gersten Pavilion on Wednesday).
In their last action, Saint Louis was a 72-45 winner at home against Eastern Illinois. They covered the 20-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Billikens and Panthers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Eastern Illinois was handed a 72-45 defeat on Wednesday at Chaifetz Arena.
Loyola Marymount Lions Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing Morgan State are 0-1
After a loss are 9-1
Saint Louis Billikens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Eastern Illinois are 0-3
After a win are 5-5
A few Lions at Billikens trends to consider:
Loyola Marymount is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Saint Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Saint Louis is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Loyola Marymount home to Morgan State, Thursday, December 27
Saint Louis home to SIU Edwardsville, Friday, December 28