Loyola Marymount Vs Gonzaga Odds, Free Pick & How To Watch

Loyola Marymount Vs Gonzaga Odds, Free Pick & How To Watch

The Loyola Marymount Lions fly north from sunny Los Angeles to Spokane, Washington to face the daunting third-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs. The college hoops oddsmakers have Gonzaga as gargantuan 24.5 point home favorites.

A Closer Look At The Loyola Marymount Vs Gonzaga Odds, My Free Pick & How To Watch

Matchup: Loyola Mary Lions at No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Feb. 12, 2015 
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Spokane, Washington
Stadium: McCarthey Athletic Center
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Loyola Mary Lions Vs Gonzaga
Point Spread: -24.5

Gonzaga has won 17 straight overall and have played like champions during their nation-leading, mind-bending 38-game home winning streak. That’s a lot of dashes, but they deserve each one. The Bulldogs have won 33 straight WCC home tilts while allowing a paltry average of 53.4 points against on 34.7 percent shooting while winning their five league games there this season by no fewer than 18 points.

So the 24.5 point spread against the unranked LMU Lions maybe short.

The Bulldogs haven’t lost at home to Loyola Marymount (8-17, 4-9) since Feb. 16, 1991, and have won the last four meetings in Spokane by at least 19 points.

Loyola Marymount Will Cover the Spread If

They can shoot better from the field and from behind the arc.

Sometimes, Gonzaga’s defense can lack intensity, but against Loyla Marymount in the last matchup, that wasn’t the case. The ‘Zags dominated the Lions from a defensive standpoint by holding LM to under 30% both from the field and from behind the arc.

Loyola Marymount hit 17 of 58 attempts from the field against Gonzaga for a ridiculously bad 29.3%. David Humphries shot 3 of 8 and Chase Flint went 0 for 5. From behind the arc, the Lions connected on only 5 of 21 shots for 23.8%. Loyola Marymount actually out rebounded Gonzaga 31 to 29. So, it all came down to shooting. Obviously, they’ll have to do better than 30% to keep this one close. 

Gonzaga Will Cover the Spread If

The ‘Zags can continue their hot hand.

As bad as Loyola Marymount was from the field against Gonzaga in the last matchup, the ‘Zags were just as good. The Bulldogs handled Loyola Marymount 72 to 55 in the last game by completing 25 of 48 shots for 52.1% from the field. Kyle Wiltjer went 5 of 7 while Kevin Pangos shot a terrific 50% when going 4 of 8. Gonzaga was just as good from the three-point line when converting 10 of 22 shots into treys for a 45.5% conversion rate.

Gonzaga is usually even better at home, meaning that Loyla Marymount could be in for a rough night if the ‘Zags are as hot in this contest as they were in the last. A couple of things to note are that the Bulldogs did miss 4 free throws from only 16 against Loyola Marymount. That’s 75%, which is very good as a team, but not great. Also, the betting line figures to be much higher in this game. So, Gonzaga might have to shoot as well in order to cover the spread.    

Free College Hoops Pick – Gonzaga Bulldogs 82, Loyola Marymount Lions 60