St. Mary's Gaels take on Lions in NCAA basketball test
St. Mary's Gaels vs Loyola Marymount Lions Odds
Loyola Marymount will look to improve on its 8-17 record on Saturday when they host St. Mary's in NCAA basketball odds action at Gersten Pavilion.
The Gaels will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 12-12 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Lions are 7-14 ATS. St. Mary's is 11-10 against the total, while Loyola Marymount is 8-10 versus the number.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Loyola Marymount sat as 13.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Lions at No. 246 and the Gaels at No. 67 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 82-66 result in favor of the Gaels.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Loyola Marymount's No. 187 nationally ranked offense (66.9 points per game) against a Gaels defense that sits as the No. 128 at 64.5 PPG. The Lions have been averaging 40.7% from the field, less than the Gaels have managed so far this season (48.9% on average).
Defensively, St. Mary's features the nation's No. 87-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.8 points per game. Loyola Marymount, meanwhile, comes in at No. 174 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for St. Mary's, they were a 77-60 loser as they battled Gonzaga at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. St. Mary's got 22 points from Matthew Dellavedova but lost anyway, 77-60, to Gonzaga on Thursday at McKeon Pavilion.
Loyola Marymount was a 52-50 loser in its last match on the road against Pepperdine. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Anthony Ireland scored 26 points for Loyola Marymount on Thursday, but the Waves managed a 52-50 victory over the Lions at Firestone Fieldhouse.
St. Mary's Gaels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing BYU are 6-0
After playing Gonzaga are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2
Loyola Marymount Lions Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing San Francisco are 5-5
After playing Pepperdine are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9
A few Gaels at Lions trends to consider:
St. Mary's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
St. Mary's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Loyola Marymount
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Mary's last 7 games when playing on the road against Loyola Marymount
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Loyola Marymount's last 7 games when playing at home against St. Mary's
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Loyola Marymount's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Loyola Marymount's last 14 games when playing St. Mary's
Loyola Marymount is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against St. Mary's
St. Mary's home to BYU, Thursday, February 21
Loyola Marymount home to San Francisco, Thursday, February 21