The Washington Huskies (7-3) will be at home in Alaska Airlines Arena when they meet the Loyola Marymount Lions (5-4). The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 155.5 points with Washington opening as an 8.5-point favorite. Action gets underway at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 17, 2017, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
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The last time the Lions played, they defeated the CSUN Matadors, 74-57. With 20 points and 11 rebounds, Eli Scott played well for Loyola Marymount. Loyola Marymount dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.5 (below their season average of 40.2) and a turnover percentage of 12.8 (better than their season average of 18.7). CSUN was 22.6 and 17.3, respectively, for those same stats.
The Huskies are hoping for a better outcome after their 97-70 loss to the No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs in their last game. With 11 points and five rebounds, Washington’s Jaylen Nowell played well. Gonzaga out-rebounded Washington. The Bulldogs had 13 offensive rebounds and 40 total rebounds, while the Huskies had six and 27, respectively.
The aggressive Washington offense could be living from the foul line in this battle. The Huskies rank 13th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.230, while Loyola Marymount ranks 337th in FTA rate allowed (0.313) dating back to last season.
Of Loyola Marymount’s 6 games with betting action, three have finished over the O/U total, while 5 of Washington’s 9 games have finished over the O/U total. The Huskies hold the sizable advantage straight up (SU) (7-3 vs. 5-4), but the Lions have the superior against the spread (ATS) record (4-2 vs. 4-4-1).
Noah Dickerson has been outstanding over the last five games for Washington, averaging 16.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Loyola Marymount Lions at Washington Huskies Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Washington, ATS Winner – Loyola Marymount, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Lions rank 185th in three pointers attempted per game (20.5) while the Huskies rank 214th in three pointers allowed per game (20.3).
- Washington ranks 12th in blocks allowed per game (3.4) while Loyola Marymount ranks 183rd (3.9).
- The Lions average 14.7 assists per game, which ranks 110th in the NCAA. The Huskies rank 239th in assists allowed per game (16.1).
- Washington averages 6.7 steals per game, which ranks 23rd in the NCAA. Loyola Marymount ranks 143rd in steals allowed per game (6.3).