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Loyola Marymount Lions take on Crusaders in NCAA basketball test

Loyola Marymount LionsValparaiso Crusaders
6-3December 14, 2013, 02:05 | Athletics-Recreation Center6-5

Athletics-Recreation Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Valparaiso Crusaders and the visiting Loyola Marymount Lions in college hoops action on Saturday.

The Crusaders sport a record of 6-5 and 6-2 ATS heading into this battle, while the Lions have 6-3 and 4-5 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-4-1 for the Crusaders and 4-4 for the Lions.

View Loyola Marymount Lions vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Crusaders installed as -7.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 59-ranked Crusaders and the No. 103-rated Lions in this matchup.

Last time out for Loyola Marymount, they were an 85-68 loser as they battled Pittsburgh on the road. They covered in the match as a 22-point underdog. Anthony Ireland scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Lions to a win (they lost 85-68 to Pittsburgh at Petersen Events Center on Friday).

Valparaiso lost its last outing, a 67-65 result against Saint Louis on December 7. They covered in that game as a 5-point underdog. LaVonte Dority scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Crusaders to a win (they lost 67-65 to Saint Louis at Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Valparaiso's No. 33-ranked offense, averaging 82.55 PPG, against a Lions defense that ranks No. 233 at 78.44 PPG. The Crusaders field goal percentage has averaged 50.25% so far, more than the Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.8% per game.

A few Lions at Crusaders trends to consider:
Loyola Marymount is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Loyola Marymount is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
Loyola Marymount is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Loyola Marymount is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Valparaiso is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
Valparaiso is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Loyola Marymount home to Cal Poly, Tuesday, December 17th
Valparaiso at Southeastern, Saturday, December 21st