The Boise State Broncos (4-1) will be at home in Taco Bell Arena when they challenge the Loyola Marymount Lions (3-1). The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 145 points with Boise State set as a 10.5-point favorite. Action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
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In the Lions last contest, they defeated the Incarnate Word Cardinals, 91-87. With 19 points and 12 rebounds, Loyola Marymounts Eli Scott put together a solid performance. Loyola Marymount played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 61.3 (above their season average of 43.3) and a free throw rate of 0.526 (above their season average of 0.302). For those same stats, Incarnate Word recorded marks of 31.4 and 0.491, respectively.
The Broncos are hoping for a better outcome after their 75-64 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones in their last matchup. With five points and 13 rebounds, Boise States Justinian Jessup put together a good game. Iowa States 0.159 free throw rate was their biggest strength over Boise State, who had a rate of 0.048. The Cyclones mark was below their season average of 0.298, while the Broncos was below their season average of 0.266.
The physical Boise State offense could be living from the free throw line in this showdown. The Broncos rank 54th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.283, while Loyola Marymount ranks 333rd in FTA rate allowed (0.316) dating back to last season.
Since last season, the Lions are 18-16 straight up (SU) and 14-14-1 against the spread (ATS). Loyola Marymount games have had a slight tendency to go over the projected point total since last season (48.3 percent).
The Broncos are 23-12 SU since last season, but have had difficulty covering the spread (15-19 ATS). Games involving Boise State have had a slight tendency to finish under the O/U total over that same period (52.9 percent).
The Broncos won the lone game against the Lions last season, 80-79. Boise State had a much better free throw rate (0.260 vs. 0.062). Loyola Marymount, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (18.2 vs. 24.1).
Loyola Marymount Lions at Boise State Broncos Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Boise State, ATS Winner – Boise State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Broncos rank 146th in rebounds per game (36.2) while the Lions rank 231st (34.5).
- Boise State ranks 16th in three pointers allowed per game (17.6) while Loyola Marymount ranks 58th (19.2).
- Loyola Marymount ranks 29th in steals per game (7.7) while Boise State ranks 265th (5.0).
- The Broncos rank 52nd in assists allowed per game (11.6) while the Lions rank 257th (14.8).
- Loyola Marymount ranks 100th in blocks per game (3.8) while Boise State ranks 252nd in blocks allowed per game (4.5).