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BYU Cougars vs Loyola Marymount Lions Preview

Loyola Marymount LionsBYU Cougars
10-7January 11, 2014, 09:00 | Marriott Center10-7

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday 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 10-7 and 7-9 ATS on the year, while the Cougars are at 10-7 and 5-9 ATS. In totals betting, the Cougars are 3-11, while the Lions have a 7-8 mark.

View Loyola Marymount Lions vs BYU Cougars Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 12.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 161-rated Loyola Marymount taking on the No. 133-rated Cougars in this contest.

In their last action, Loyola Marymount was a 74-67 loser on the road against San Diego. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. The Lions endured a 74-67 loss at the hands of the Toreros on Thursday, despite an 18 -point effort from Anthony Ireland at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

BYU won its last outing, an 84-72 result against Pepperdine on January 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 15.5-point favorite. BYU got 35 points from Tyler Haws en route to an 84-72 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday at Marriott Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits BYU's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 87.06 PPG, against a Lions defense that ranks No. 230 at 76.53 PPG. The Cougars field goal percentage has averaged 46.46% so far, more than the Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.51% per game.

A few Lions at Cougars trends to consider:
Loyola Marymount is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Loyola Marymount is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Loyola Marymount is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Loyola Marymount is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing BYU
BYU is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
BYU is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of BYU's last 6 games
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Loyola Marymount home to Portland, Thursday, January 16th
BYU at San Francisco, Thursday, January 16th