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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Waves underdogs vs Lions at Loyola Marymount

Pepperdine WavesLoyola Marymount Lions
14-13February 20, 2014, 11:00 | Gersten Pavilion11-16

The Pepperdine Waves will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Lions in Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion on Thursday in college basketball action.

The Lions are 11-16 so far on the season, and 8-17-1 ATS vs. the number. The Waves, meanwhile, are 14-13 and 16-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Loyola Marymount go 12-12-1 and the Waves go 11-12-1 on the totals.

View Pepperdine Waves vs Loyola Marymount Lions Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Loyola Marymount sat as -2-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 304-ranked Lions and the No. 199-rated Waves in this matchup.

Last time out for Pepperdine, they were a 74-62 loser as they battled Portland on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. Pepperdine got 15 points from Malcolm Brooks but lost anyway, 74-62, to Portland on Saturday at Earle A. Chiles Center.

In their last action, Loyola Marymount was an 86-67 loser on the road against Gonzaga. They failed to cover the 16.5-point spread as underdogs. Loyola Marymount suffered an 86-67 loss against Gonzaga on Saturday, getting 23 points from Anthony Ireland in a losing effort at McCarthey Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Waves is ranked No. 139 in NCAA hoops at 34.96 per game. Contrast that with Loyola Marymount’s No. 185 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Loyola Marymount is the No. 247-ranked team in the country at 4.37 per game, while Pepperdine rates No. 122 at 6.19 per game.

Next up:
Pepperdine home to San Francisco, Thursday, February 27th
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara, Thursday, February 27th