The Loyola Marymount Lions head to Spokane, Washington, looking to play a respectable game versus one of the best teams in the nation. Gonzaga ranks second on the Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs haven’t lost since Michigan beat them on Nov. 29. Can the Lions play the Zags tough? Or, will Gonzaga blow out the Lions by over 25 points? Check out the college basketball odds, a preview and a free pick for Loyola Marymount vs Gonzaga!
Loyola Marymount vs Gonzaga 2020 College Basketball Odds, Preview & Pick
- When: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 11:00 pm ET
- Where: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA
- TV: CBSSN
- ATS Odds: Gonzaga -25 ½
- Over/Under Odds: 143 ½
Why the Loyola Marymount Lions are a good bet +25 ½?
On paper, it doesn’t appear as if Loyola has any shot versus the Zags. The Lions are an awful 8-15 straight up. Against the spread, the Lions are a terrible 9-13. They average fewer points on offense, 65.5, than they allow on defense, 67.8. But although it looks dire, there are a few positives. First, Loyola covered in their last, a 67-68 loss to Pepperdine. Second, they covered against San Francisco, a team that challenged the Zags SU over the weekend. The last thing to consider is the point spread. Gonzaga awards the Lions over 25 points on Thursday night. That’s a ton of points.
- Points/G: 65.5
- Field Goal %: 46.7
- 3-Point %: 31.8
- Free Throw %: 64.9
- Rebounds/G: 27.7
- Points/G: 67.8
- Field Goal %: 43.9
- 3-Point %: 33.5
- Free Throw %: 73.2
- Rebounds/G: 28.1
Why the Gonzaga Bulldogs are a good bet -25 ½?
Even though the Zags rank second on the coaches poll, they rank first in points per game. Gonzaga averages 88.6 points per. They shoot 50.9% from the field. They’re good on 38% of their three-point shots. The defense isn’t too shabby either. It allows 67.2 points per off 41.2% from the field and 31.8% from three. The Zags are the perfect mix of offensive power and shut down D. It should show on Thursday night.
- Points/G: 88.6
- Field Goal %: 50.9
- 3-Point %: 38.9
- Free Throw %: 68
- Rebounds/G: 38.5
- Points/G: 67.2
- Field Goal %: 41.2
- 3-Point %: 31.8
- Free Throw %: 67.9
- Rebounds/G: 28.8
College Basketball Betting Trends for Loyola Marymount Lions vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
- Lions are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games
- Loyola is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS win
- The favorite is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings
- Under is 15-5-1 in Loyola’s last 21 road games versus a team with a winning home record
- Gonzaga is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games
- Bulldogs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games versus a team with a winning percentage below .400
- Gonzaga is 15-7 ATS in their last 22 home games versus a team with a road record
- Over is 8-1 in Bulldogs last 9 home games
Loyola Marymount vs Gonzaga Final NCAAB Betting Analysis
There are a couple of things going against Gonzaga in this game. San Francisco put a huge scare into the Zags. That’s the first issue. Almost losing to a team like San Francisco could mess with Gonzaga’s head.
The second issue to worry about is how the Zags have failed to cover in their last couple of games. First came the non-cover against San Francisco. Then, came the almost loss to San Francisco.
But although Gonzaga hasn’t played their best in their last couple of matchups, they should get back on track against Loyola. The Lions are 1-of-3 teams in the West Coast Conference with an under .500 record. Loyola lost 62-87 to the Zags on Jan. 11. That game happened at Loyola Marymount. The Lions are in some trouble here. Expect the Zags to put on a show. Gonzaga covers.
NCAAB Free Pick: Gonzaga -25 ½