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College basketball point spread favors Lions in battle with Toreros

San Diego TorerosLoyola Marymount Lions
9-5December 30, 2013, 10:00 | Gersten Pavilion9-4

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Monday when the Toreros of San Diego hit the hard court against the Lions of Loyola Marymount.

The Lions sit at 9-4 (7-5 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Toreros are currently 9-5 (5-5 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Loyola Marymount is 5-6 OU, and San Diego is 6-3 OU.

View San Diego Toreros vs Loyola Marymount Lions Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Lions as -5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 132-rated San Diego taking on the No. 92-rated Lions in this contest.

In their last action, San Diego was a 75-64 loser on the road against Pepperdine. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. San Diego got 26 points from Johnny Dee on the way to a 75-64 loss against Pepperdine on Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Loyola Marymount was an 87-76 winner in their most recent outing at home against BYU. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Evan Payne scored 27 points for Loyola Marymount on Saturday, leading the Lions to an 87-76 win over BYU at Gersten Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Loyola Marymount has the nation's No. 36-rated offensive output, at 80.38 PPG. The visiting Toreros defense ranks No. 20 allowing on average 61.79 PPG. The Lions FG% has averaged 45.44% so far, more than the Toreros marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.1% per game.

A few Toreros at Lions trends to consider:
San Diego is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
San Diego is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
San Diego is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
San Diego is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Loyola Marymount
Loyola Marymount is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
Loyola Marymount is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Loyola Marymount is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing San Diego
Loyola Marymount is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Diego

Next up:
San Diego at BYU, Saturday, January 4th
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco, Thursday, January 2nd