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Gonzaga Bulldogs face Loyola Marymount Lions: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Gonzaga BulldogsLoyola Marymount Lions
15-3January 18, 2014, 04:00 | Gersten Pavilion10-9

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Gersten Pavilion Saturday as host Loyola Marymount looks to handle the Gonzaga Bulldogs in NCAA hoops action.

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 8-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Lions are 7-11 ATS. Gonzaga is 8-8 on the totals; Loyola Marymount is 7-10.

View Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Loyola Marymount Lions Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Bulldogs were listed as -9-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Lions sit at No. 226 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 24 on the same chart.

Last time out for Gonzaga, they were a 70-53 winner as they battled Pepperdine on the road. They covered in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. The Bulldogs grabbed a 70-53 win over the Waves on Thursday, behind an 18 -point effort from Sam Dower at Firestone Fieldhouse.

In their last action, Loyola Marymount was a 71-57 loser at home against Portland. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Loyola Marymount suffered a 71-57 loss against Portland on Thursday, getting 14 points from Anthony Ireland in a losing effort at Gersten Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Loyola Marymount's No. 75-ranked offense, averaging 76 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 66 at 66.72 PPG. The Lions field goal percentage has averaged 44.86% so far, less than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 51.22% per game.

A few Bulldogs at Lions trends to consider:
Gonzaga is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Gonzaga is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Gonzaga's last 8 games
Gonzaga is 8-15-2 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
Loyola Marymount is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Loyola Marymount is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Loyola Marymount is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Loyola Marymount is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Gonzaga

Next up:
Gonzaga home to San Diego, Thursday, January 23rd
Loyola Marymount at Pacific, Thursday, January 23rd