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Loyola Marymount Lions home to St. Mary's Gaels in NCAA Basketball betting action

St. Mary's GaelsLoyola Marymount Lions
16-7February 06, 2014, 11:00 | Gersten Pavilion11-12

The Loyola Marymount Lions will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the St. Mary's Gaels at Gersten Pavilion on Thursday in NCAA hoops play.

The Lions sit at 11-12 (8-14 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Gaels are currently 16-7 (10-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Loyola Marymount is 10-10-1 OU, and St. Mary's is 13-6 OU.

View St. Mary's Gaels vs Loyola Marymount Lions Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -4-point favorites 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(.

This game matches up the No. 310 (Lions) and the No. 87 (Gaels) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

In their last action, St. Mary's was an 84-71 loser on the road against BYU. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. St. Mary's got 25 points from Brad Waldow on the way to an 84-71 loss against BYU on Saturday at Marriott Center.

Last time out for Loyola Marymount, they were an 80-69 loser as they battled Pepperdine on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. Loyola Marymount suffered an 80-69 loss against Pepperdine on Saturday, getting 24 points from Anthony Ireland in a losing effort at Firestone Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Loyola Marymount has the nation's No. 65-rated offensive output, at 75.57 PPG. The visiting Gaels defense ranks No. 60 allowing on average 66.39 PPG. The Lions FG% has averaged 44.5% so far, less than the Gaels marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.9% per game.

Next up:
St. Mary's at Pepperdine, Saturday, February 8th
Loyola Marymount at Pacific, Saturday, February 8th