West Coast Tournament - San Francisco Dons vs Loyola Marymount Lions Preview
Loyola Marymount Lions vs San Francisco Dons Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Loyola Marymount when they take on the San Francisco Dons on Thursday in college hoops betting action.
The West Coast Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. The game is being played at Orleans Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
San Francisco battles the Lions, currently sitting with a 9-22 mark (11-16 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 10-13-1 for the Dons and 9-15 for the Lions.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Dons at No. 208 and the Lions at No. 270 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 69-65 result in favor of the Dons.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Francisco's No. 116 nationally ranked offense (69.9 points per game) against a Lions defense that sits as the No. 246 at 69.5 PPG. The Dons have been averaging 45.4% from the field, more than the Lions have managed so far this season (40.5% on average).
Defensively, Loyola Marymount features the nation's No. 212-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.2 points per game. San Francisco, meanwhile, comes in at No. 182 nationally in scoring at home.
Loyola Marymount was a 65-54 winner in its last match on the road against Portland. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. The Lions got 21 points from Ashley Hamilton as Loyola Marymount ran past Portland 65-54 on Wednesday at Orleans Arena.
San Francisco won its last outing, an 83-70 result against San Diego on February 28. They covered in that game as a 2-point underdog. The Dons got a 24-point performance from Cole Dickerson, who added 12 rebounds, as San Francisco ran past San Diego 83-70 on Thursday at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
San Francisco home to Northern Kentucky, Thursday, March 14