Loyola Marymount Lions vs UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Prediction, 12/7/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Loyola Marymount Lions vs UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
Location: The Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Loyola Marymount (+2)
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (1-0) host the Loyola Marymount Lions (2-2) at The Thunderdome on Monday. The spread on this matchup has UC Santa Barbara as 2-point favorites. The O/U opens at 140.
Loyola Marymount will enter this contest with a mark of 2-2 for the campaign. They average 76.8 pts per game (125th in D-1) while connecting on 44.6% from the floor. The Lions are hitting 34.8% on shots beyond the perimeter (32 of 92) and 71.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Loyola Marymount is snagging 38.0 boards per game and has totaled 57 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 55th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 16.8 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 23.0 fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Lions are able to force 13.0 turnovers per game while drawing 19.8 fouls. They are 257th in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 57 conceded on the season. The Lions are allowing a shooting percentage of 42.4% (101 of 238) and they surrender 33.0 boards per contest as a unit. They surrender 38.0% from 3-point land while they are 198th in college hoops in points per game allowed (74.8).
The Loyola Marymount Lions played the Long Beach State 49ers and notched a win by a score of 85-61 in their last contest. Loyola Marymount ended having earned a 47.6% field goal percentage (30 of 63) and buried 15 of 38 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Lions converted 10 of their 13 tries for a percentage of 76.9%. In regard to hauling in boards, they earned a total of 42 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 23 assists in this matchup while getting 5 steals and 7 blocked shots. In relation to defense, Loyola Marymount allowed the other team to go 47.6% from the field on 30 out of 63. Long Beach State earned 7 dimes and 6 steals for the game. In addition, the 49ers snagged 29 rebounds (7 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 7 blocks. Long Beach State went 82.6% at the free throw line by making 19 of 23 tries. They also made 4 of 15 attempts from beyond the arc.
Joe Quintana is one guy who came through in this game. He finished with 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He played 37 minutes played and also pulled down 4 boards. Quintana ended up going 54.5% from the floor and recorded 4 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in the matchup for the Lions was Ivan Alipiev. He collected 10 rebounds and earned 3 dimes. He ended up going 41.7% from the floor in this matchup by going 5-of-12 (16 points). Overall, Alipiev played 33 min.
UC Santa Barbara has a record of 1-0 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Gauchos are shooting 55.6% from the floor, which ranks them 72nd in Division 1. UC Santa Barbara has tallied 92 pts so far this season and they grab 47 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 24 times per contest (7th in Division 1) and they turn it over 8 times per game. The Gauchos are committing 9 fouls every game and they connect on 40.0% from the free throw line. The Gauchos on the defensive side of the court are 17th in college hoops in PPG allowed with 55. They have forced 13 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 38.3% from the field (70th in Division 1). The UC Santa Barbara defense concedes 27.3% from downtown (6 of 22) and opponents are knocking down 75.0% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 13 assists and 26 boards every game, which is ranked 168th and 9th in college hoops.
In their last game, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos got the victory with a final of 92-55 when they faced the Saint Katherine Firebirds. The Gauchos recorded 29 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 42 for the game. They also rejected 2 attempts while recording 10 steals in this matchup. The Firebirds committed 14 personal fouls for this game which took the Gauchos to the free throw line for a total of 10 tries. They were able to make 4 of them for a percentage of 40.0%. In terms of 3-pointers, UC Santa Barbara converted 8 of 26 attempts (30.8%). Overall, the Gauchos ended up shooting 40 for 72 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 55.6%. The Gauchos permitted the Firebirds to knock down 23 of their 60 tries from the floor which left them shooting 38.3% for this contest. They shot 27.3% from 3-point land by shooting 6 of 22 and finished the game at 3 out of 4 at the charity stripe (75.0%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, UC Santa Barbara allowed Saint Katherine to pull down 20 in all (4 on the offensive glass).
Miles Norris played big minutes for the Gauchos for the contest. He converted 5 of 12 in this game giving him a rate of 41.7%, which got him 12 points. Norris grabbed 6 rebounds in his 22 minutes and had 2 assists in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for UC Santa Barbara was Ajare Sanni. He was able to score 11 points in 20 minutes played by going 5 of 8 from the floor for this game. Sanni finished going 62.5% from the floor in addition to collecting 3 dimes and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Loyola Marymount (+2)
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