The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the current no. 1 team in the nation, but they have not played up to par of late. That being said, they should be able to cruise past the Loyola Marymount Lions this Saturday. Then again, crazy things can happen in college basketball. Going into the game, NCAAB Futures favor Gonzaga at +750 to win the 2020 NCAA College Basketball Championship while LM sits with the bottom of the pack at just +200,000 to pull off a miracle.
Betting Preview for the Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Loyola Marymount Lions NCAA College Basketball Game on January 11 2020
Where: Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles
When: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 4:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-1 Overall / 2-0 Conference)
The Bulldogs are coming off a 75-70 home win over the Pepperdine Waves last Saturday, but Gonzaga head coach Mark Few can’t be too happy about it, considering how tough it was for his team to score a win against a team they were supposed to defeat in a more convincing manner. Still, the superior talent of Gonzaga won the game for the team in the end, as Killian Tille led the Bulldogs with 20 points to go with four assists and four rebounds, while Filip Petrusev had 16 points and 10 boards. Gonzaga had a rusty shooting touch in that game from deep, as they shot just 5 for 18 on their 3-point attempts. Having been put on a scare by the lowly Pepperdine team could serve as a wakeup call for Gonzaga, which is still one of the best shooting teams in the nation. In fact, Gonzaga is the highest scoring team in Division I ball with 87.5 points per game and second with a 56.8 effective field goal percentage.
The over is 9-1 in Gonzaga’s last 10 games after the win over Pepperdine.
Betting on the Loyola Marymount Lions (7-9 Overall / 1-1 Conference)
The Lions could have built themselves a new gymnasium with all the bricks they produced in an embarrassing 63-38 road loss to the BYU Cougars last Saturday. Loyola Marymount shot just 34.0 percent from the field (16-47) and 13.3 percent (2-15) from behind the arc. The Lions’ best player, Eli Scott, was the only one show showed signs of life, as he put up 15 points to go with six rebounds, but those were not enough to carry his team into an even respectable finish. It would take something short of a miracle for the Lions to defeat Gonzaga, but they could be catching the Bulldogs at the best time, considering Few’s team hasn’t lived up to its billing the last two games. The Lions are averaging 64.2 points per game while giving up 67.1 per contest. Scott leads the Lions with 16.1 points per game with a 44.4 percent shooting from deep.
The under is 4-1 in Loyola Marymount’s last five games.
Gonzaga wins, 83-64.
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