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NCAA hoops odds preview - Loyola Marymount vs. Santa Clara

Loyola Marymount LionsSanta Clara Broncos
Feb 28, 11:00 PM | Leavey Center

Loyola Marymount Lions vs Santa Clara Broncos Odds

8-20TEAM RECORD20-9

Loyola Marymount travels to Santa Clara on Thursday, hoping to boost its 8-20 record with a victory over the Broncos.

Santa Clara will face the 8-20 Lions, who own a 9-15 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Broncos are 10-11 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lions are 8-13 favoring the OVER.

View Loyola Marymount vs Santa Clara Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Broncos in this one found them listed as 14-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Lions was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Broncos rated this week at No. 108 and the Lions sitting at No. 256. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 76-65 result in favor of the Broncos.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Lions is ranked No. 145 in NCAA hoops at 35.4 per game. Contrast that with Santa Clara’s No. 157 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Santa Clara is the No. 20-ranked team in the country at 8.2 per game, while Loyola Marymount rates No. 180 at 6 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Loyola Marymount owns the country's No. 231-rated mark, allowing 71.9 points per game on the highway. Santa Clara, on the other hand, rates No. 84 in scoring at home.

Loyola Marymount lost its last outing, a 63-60 result against Cal Poly on February 23. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog. Loyola Marymount suffered a 63-60 loss against Cal Poly on Saturday, getting 19 points from Anthony Ireland in a losing effort at Mott Gymnasium.

Santa Clara won its last outing, a 75-63 result against Portland on February 23. They covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite. Santa Clara earned a 75-63 victory over Portland on Saturday, getting 20 points from Kevin Foster at Chiles Center.

Loyola Marymount Lions Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing BYU are 2-2
After playing Cal Poly are 4-2
After a loss are 0-10

Santa Clara Broncos Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing St. Mary's are 3-7
After playing Portland are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Lions at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Loyola Marymount's last 5 games on the road
Loyola Marymount is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Santa Clara
Loyola Marymount is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Santa Clara is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Santa Clara is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Loyola Marymount
Santa Clara is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Santa Clara's last 10 games when playing Loyola Marymount

Next up:
Loyola Marymount home to BYU, Saturday, March 2
Santa Clara at St. Mary's, Saturday, March 2