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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Loyola Marymount Lions 2/16/2023 Picks, Tips and Previews

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Loyola Marymount Lions 2/16/2023 Picks, Tips and Previews

The #13 Gonzaga Bulldogs will go against the Loyola Marymount Lions in NCAAB action in Albert Gersten Pavilion, CA, on Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 11:00 PM ET. The Gonzaga Bulldogs (21-5; 9-16 ATS; 10-2 conference) won two consecutive matches, holding off San Francisco 99-81 and BYU 88-81 at home after suffering a devastating 78-70 overtime loss at Saint Mary’s. The Zags dominated the Dons for the whole 40 minutes, but the matchup with the Cougars was much tougher. Gonzaga outscored BYU by 54 points in the second half to overtake a six-point hole, but the Zags were unable to cover the 13-point spread. The Bulldogs recorded a respectable 16/9 assist-to-turnover ratio while making 50.9% of their field goals and 26 of their 34 free-throw attempts. Julian Strawther, a junior guard for Gonzaga, led the team with 26 points and five rebounds, and Drew Timme chipped in with 19 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds.

In the West Coast Conference, the Bulldogs are in second place, one match behind Saint Mary’s In conference play, Gonzaga averages 87.7 points per game while shooting 58.6% from within the arc and 38.6% from beyond the arc (2nd). They give up 76.9 points in return (4th), 52.1% of their shots inside the arc (5th), and 37.7% of their long-range attempts (6th). 

  • The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 7-13 ATS in their last 20 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Gonzaga’s last 6 matches. 
  • The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 16-2 SU in their last 18 matches.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Loyola Marymount Lions 2/16/2023 Picks, Tips and Previews

The Loyola Marymount Lions (17-10; 16-9-1 ATS; 7-6 conf.) won their last four home games without a loss. The Lions defeated No. 15 Saint Mary’s last Thursday, 78-74 in extra time. However, they lost three of their last four matches overall, falling to BYU, San Diego, and Santa Clara, respectively, by scores of 89–61, 87–79, and 71–69. Senior guard Cameron Shelton scored 31 points to help the Lions overturn a seven-point halftime deficit against the Gaels. Saint Mary’s was limited to 41.5% field goal shooting by Loyola Marymount, who shot 10-for-19 from downtown. The Lions lost to Santa Clara last Saturday after making only 37.1% of their field goals (7-for-29 from long range). Shelton beat the Broncos for 36 points, but it wasn’t enough.

In the WCC, Loyola Marymount is fourth, one match behind Pacific and one game behind Santa Clara. In conference play, the Lions score 75.1 points per game, ranking seventh, while converting 8.9 triples per game, ranking third, at a 37.9 percentage rate (also 3rd). They surrender 73.8 points in response (3rd), with 52.4% of those coming from behind the arc (6th) and 32.3% from beyond the arc (2nd). Both the KenPom and NCAA NET rankings place Loyola Marymount at No. 93.

  • The Loyola Marymount Lions are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Loyola Marymount’s last 5 matches. 
  • The Loyola Marymount Lions are 11-1 SU in their last 12 matches at home.

#13 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Loyola Marymount Lions. The NCAAB pick for this game is the Loyola Marymount Lions. The Lions ended the Zags’ 75-game home unbeaten run back in January. With 13 seconds left in the second half, Cameron Shelton hit the winning basket, giving him 27 points overall. The Lions recorded 12 offensive rebounds while limiting the Zags to 28.6% shooting from outside the arc (4-for-14). Gonzaga, on the other hand, missed eight out of its 23 free throw attempts, which undoubtedly aided the Lions. One of the WCC’s better defensive squads is Loyola Marymount. They play excellent 3-point line defense, so bet on them to keep the game close when the dominant Zags visit. Cameron Shelton is set to deliver another good performance for Gonzaga, whose defense battled for the majority of the season. The Loyola Marymount Lions will win to a predicted score of 84-70.

NCAAB Starting Time: 11:00 PM (EDT)

Location: Albert Gersten Pavilion, CA,

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023


NCAAB Odds: #13 Gonzaga Bulldogs -13

NCAAB Totals: 154

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