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BYU vs Loyola Marymount Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Cougars vs Lions Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: BYU Cougars at Loyola Marymount Lions
  • Where: Los Angeles at Gersten Pavilion
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: BYU +1, BYU -113 | LOYMRY -108 O/U 143.5

Cougars Preview:

BYU will take their 7 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 12-5. So far, the Cougars have played 2 games on the road, with a record of 1-1. For the season, BYU has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 3-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Cougars being +1 point underdogs.

BYU’s leading scorer this season is Rudi Williams who is averaging 12.88 points per contest. So far, Williams has accounted for 16.99% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.65 rebounds per game and 3.18 assists. Gideon George is the second leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 12.12 points per game. Between him and George, they are accounting for 33.0% of the team’s scoring.

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On offense, BYU is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 17 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 37.13% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Lions Preview:

The Loyola Marymount Lions head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 11-5. So far this season, Loyola Marymount has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Lions as the -1 point favorites. The Lions have been favored 7 times, going 5-2 straight up.

Loyola Marymount’s leading scorer this season is Cameron Shelton who is averaging 18.31 points per contest. So far, Shelton has accounted for 23.11% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.0 rebounds per game and 4.31 assists. Keli Leaupepe is the second leading scorer for the Lions, averaging 13.94 points per game. Between him and Leaupepe, they are accounting for 40.7% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Loyola Marymount this season, as they are currently ranked 257th in college basketball at 69.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Lions’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.4%, placing them 218th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: BYU Cougars +1

Heading into this matchup between the Loyola Marymount Lions and BYU Cougars we have a strong lean on taking the points with BYU at +1. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for BYU to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the BYU Cougars at +1. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.


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