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NCAAB: Santa Clara vs Loyola Marymount, January 10, 2013 - 10:00 PM
Capper: Matt Fargo
https://experts.covers.com/Handicapper/Matt_FargoPick: Loyola Marymount +4.5
We head to the left coast for late action Thursday night between Santa Clara and Loyola-Marymount and will be taking a shot with the home underdog Lions.
Santa Clara is sitting at 1-1 in the West Coast Conference and that is already one more win than the Broncos had all of last season as they went through as dreadful 0-16 conference campaign. They defeated San Francisco at home to open WCC play and then lost to Gonzaga last time out but it was a respectable seven-point defeat. They hit the road for just the second time in over three weeks and while things are looking up, the 12-4 record is a little inflated as games against Gonzaga and Dukes have inflated the Santa Clara strength of schedule. The Broncos were not as bad last year as their 0-16 conference record indicated but I also do not think they are as good as their overall record shows this year. Loyola Marymount looks to bounce back quickly following a 2-0 start in WCC action. The schedule did not help as the Lions opened with games at BYU and St. Mary's so getting into a quick hole comes as no surprise. This team was 21-13 including 11-5 in the conference last season so good things are expected. The Lions are 4-2 at home and while two wins came against non-Division I teams, the two losses came by a combined six points to Long Beach St. and Mississippi. This is a start of a five-game run where every game is winnable so in order to get into the top level of the conference where many expected it to be, Loyola-Marymount needs to take advantage of this stretch. The Lions are second in the WCC with 38.6 rpg and they lead the conference with 12.8 offensive rpg so and they should have a big edge inside here. The Lions are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games against teams with a winning road record while the Broncos are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against teams with a losing record. Play (554) Loyola-Marymount Lions
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