Loyola Marymount vs #22 St. Mary's - Picks Of The Day, Feb 16th

St Mary's Gaels

Joe Catalano

Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:38 PM GMT

We're going to keep it West Coast. Despite St. Mary's recent loss to Gonzaga, their defense has been dominant and a major reason why they've been a ranked team all season long. Can the Gaels rebound tonight as they face a much inferior Loyola Marymount Lions team that got blown out by Gonzaga as the Gaels are double-digit favorites?

  Loyola Marymount vs #22 St. Mary's

 

A Storybook Season

With the exception of 2 losses to Gonzaga, St. Mary's has been nearly perfect and this is due in part to their defense. The Gaels defense is allowing a mere 56.6 points per game and with senior Jock Landale leading the way, the Gaels will be a difficult team to defeat come NCAA Tournament time.

Let's also not forget that St. Mary's has been a favorable bet this season as they're 15-9 ATS. This is a team that held Portland to 41 points and San Diego to an astonishing 27 points. Defenses don't get any better than this and a competitive loss to Gonzaga isn't enough to scare me away from a defense such as this as they face an inferior squad in LMU. 

The Loyola Marymount Lions are coming off of a 66-60 victory over the Portland Pilots, but let's remember that Portland is just 9-17 on the season and lost to Gonzaga by 30 points. Point being, LMU's victory is meaningless and now they have to square off against a super stingy team in St. Mary's.

Jock Landale

For St. Mary's, center Jock Landale is their main source of offense and he proved that he can produce against the best team in the nation. In 25 minutes of play against Gonzaga, Landale produced 24 points and 8 rebounds while shooting over 50% from the field. For the season, he's averaging 17 points and 9.4 rebounds and is a huge reason for the success that St. Mary's has had. Loyola Marymount's defense won't be able to contain this 6 foot 11, 255 pound tank. Look for St. Mary's to pick up where they left off and stifle the LMU offense with a win and cover.

Free NCAAB Pick: St. Mary's Gaels -15Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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