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Loyola Marymount Lions visit Pittsburgh Panthers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Loyola Marymount LionsPittsburgh Panthers
6-2December 06, 2013, 07:00 | Petersen Events Center8-0

The Pittsburgh Panthers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Loyola Marymount Lions at Petersen Events Center on Friday in NCAA hoops play.

This season, the Panthers are 8-0 overall and 3-3 ATS, while the Lions are 6-2 and 3-5 ATS. As for the totals, Pittsburgh boasts a 4-2 on the OU, and Loyola Marymount is 3-4.

View Loyola Marymount Lions vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Panthers installed as -20-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. 3-ranked Panthers and the No. 94-rated Lions in this matchup.

Loyola Marymount won its last outing, a 73-69 result against UC Riverside on December 2. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite. Loyola Marymount earned a 73-69 victory over UC Riverside on Monday, getting 16 points from Anthony Ireland at Student Center.

Pittsburgh was a 78-69 winner in their most recent outing at home against Penn State. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites. Pittsburgh earned a 78-69 victory over Penn State on Tuesday, getting 16 points from Lamar Patterson at Petersen Events Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the nation's No. 46-rated offensive output, at 81.25 PPG. The visiting Lions defense ranks No. 227 allowing on average 77.62 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 48.04% so far, more than the Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.

A few Lions at Panthers trends to consider:
Loyola Marymount is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Loyola Marymount is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Loyola Marymount is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Loyola Marymount is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Loyola Marymount at Valparaiso, Saturday, December 14th
Pittsburgh at Youngstown State, Saturday, December 14th