A battle between two WCC teams takes place at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The contest features the top team hosting the Loyola Marymount Lions. This may seem like a David & Goliath battle seeing how both teams performed in recent weeks. However, we look forward to an interesting pairing sharing the court on Thursday night.
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Loyola vs. Gonzaga Game Information
- When: Thursday, January 27, 2021, 11:00 PM ET
- Where: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington
- TV: CBSSN
- Radio: KXLU 88.9 FM (Loyola) / 103.5 The Game (Gonzaga)
- Live Stream: CBS Sports Network
- NCAAB Betting Odds: Loyola (+28.5) / Gonzaga (-28.5)
Why Bet on the Loyola Maramount Lions?
Loyola Marymount is coming from a tough defeat at the hands of the Saint Mary’s Gaels. This marks their third loss in five games. The side is yet to win a road game since their clash against the Bellarmine Knights in December.
The visitors are more particular with their offense. They average 68.4 points (222nd) per game on 45.3% shooting (91st). Although they have to put in the work to match what Gonzaga puts up, this is the only way they can put pressure on their upcoming opponents. The team has above-average two-point shooting. They hit 53.6% of shots from the short and mid-range (60th) while recording an underwhelming 32.0% from beyond the arc (251st). The Lions are the better free-throw shooters in this matchup. As a team, they make 73.7% of their foul shots in 17 games played.
Defensively, Loyola Marymount allows 71.5 points (215th) per game. They also average a 44.6% opponent shooting percentage (227th). The side allows opponents to hit 52.4% of their two-point attempts (287th), but do better when it comes to defending the arc. Loyola Marymount keeps the opponent’s three-point percentage to 31.9% (112th) per game.
Dameane Douglas is the only player to miss the game after the guard sustained a season-ending ankle injury.
Why Bet on the Gonzaga Bulldogs?
The Bulldogs are having another incredible season and are now riding an eight-game winning streak. They are believed to be one of the best two-way teams in the league at the moment. The team’s offensive statistics are incredible. They top the NCAA basketball in scoring with 90.2 points per game. Gonzaga is also the best shooting team with a 53.5% average. They lead the league in two-point shooting at 63.2% and record a respectable 36.3% three-point shooting.
Previewing the defense, the Bulldogs have this side of the ball on point. They limit teams to 66.2 points (85th) per game. Gonzaga has impeccable shooting defense. The squad restricts opponents to 38.2% shooting (tenth) while keeping the shorter range in check with a 42.1% opponent two-point shooting percentage (sixth). Moreover, they have a good rebounding presence and average 42.3 total boards (third) in 17 games.
The team has two players on the injury report. Dominick Harris is not expected to play anytime soon after the guard picked up a foot injury in November. Meanwhile, Kaden Perry remains questionable following a back injury he picked up last week. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs maintain a healthy core lineup. This alone can make things difficult for Loyola Marymount.
Loyola vs. Gonzaga Betting Trends
- Loyola Marymount is 6-4 in the last ten road games (8-2 ATS).
- Loyola Marymount is 0-5 in the last five games against Gonzaga (4-1 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of Loyola Marymount’s last five games against Gonzaga.
- Gonzaga is 5-0 in the last five games at the McCarthey Athletic Center (3-2 ATS).
- Gonzaga is 5-0 in the last five home games against Loyola Marymount (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went under in five of Gonzaga’s last ten home games against Loyola Marymount.
Loyola vs. Gonzaga Expert Betting Prediction
Gonzaga is the clear favorite in this matchup. They have a better overall record and more consistent results along the way. A healthy lineup also means that the team will fire on all cylinders together with home-court advantage. However, Loyola Marymount is not going to leave the court without a fight. They have what it takes to cover the spread. Although a win is a long shot for the squad, we do not overlook the possibility of this being a close one. The Lions produced several surprising results since the season opened. That said, we anticipate an engaging contest between the pairing.
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