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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Cougars over Lions

BYU CougarsLoyola Marymount Lions
8-5December 28, 2013, 04:00 | Gersten Pavilion8-4

Gersten Pavilion will host Loyola Marymount Lions vs. BYU Cougars action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Cougars will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 4-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Lions are 6-5 ATS. BYU is 3-7 against the total, while Loyola Marymount is 5-5 versus the number.

View BYU Cougars vs Loyola Marymount Lions Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Lions in this one found them listed as 6-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Cougars was expected to move the line.

This game puts the Lions, most recently No. 104 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cougars, who rate No. 144 in the latest survey.

Last time out for BYU, they were a 100-96 loser as they battled Oregon on the road. They covered in the match as a 9-point underdog. Tyler Haws chucked in a team-high 32 points for BYU on Saturday, but they still came up short in losing 100-96 at Matthew Knight Arena.

Loyola Marymount won its last outing, a 100-83 result against La Sierra on December 21. Loyola Marymount got 24 points from Evan Payne en route to a 100-83 victory over La Sierra on Saturday at Gersten Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Loyola Marymount's No. 42 nationally ranked offense (79.83 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 244 at 79.77 PPG. The Lions have been averaging 45.76% from the field, less than the Cougars have managed so far this season (46.61% on average).

A few Cougars at Lions trends to consider:
BYU is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
BYU is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
BYU is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Loyola Marymount
BYU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Loyola Marymount
Loyola Marymount is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
Loyola Marymount is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Loyola Marymount is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing BYU
Loyola Marymount is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing BYU

Next up:
BYU at Pepperdine, Monday, December 30th
Loyola Marymount at San Diego, Monday, December 30th