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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Lions underdogs vs Bulldogs at Gonzaga

Loyola Marymount LionsGonzaga Bulldogs
11-15February 15, 2014, 08:00 | McCarthey Athletic Center22-4

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Loyola Marymount when they take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

Gonzaga will face the 11-15 Lions, who own a 8-16-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 11-13 on the OU so far this season while the Lions are 11-12-1.

View Loyola Marymount Lions vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bulldogs installed as -18-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

This game matches up the No. 66 (Bulldogs) and the No. 327 (Lions) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

In their last action, Loyola Marymount was a 71-64 loser on the road against Portland. They earned a push of the 7-point spread as underdogs. The Lions got 21 points from Evan Payne, but it was Portland that prevailed in a 71-64 final on Thursday at Earle A. Chiles Center.

Gonzaga was an 83-68 winner in their most recent outing at home against Pepperdine. They covered the 14.5-point spread as favorites. Kevin Pangos scored 18 points leading the Bulldogs to an 83-68 victory over Pepperdine at McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Gonzaga has the nation's No. 31-rated offensive output, at 78.12 PPG. The visiting Lions defense ranks No. 243 allowing on average 77.88 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 50.17% so far, more than the Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.23% per game.

A few Lions at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Loyola Marymount is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Loyola Marymount is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Loyola Marymount is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Loyola Marymount is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Gonzaga is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Gonzaga is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Gonzaga's last 10 games at home

Next up:
Loyola Marymount home to Pepperdine, Thursday, February 20th
Gonzaga at BYU, Thursday, February 20th