Saint Mary’s Gaels (9-5, 0-3) at Loyola Marymount Lions (7-4, 2-1)
Time: 5 PST – 7 CST – 8 EST
Place: Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif.
TV: Stadium TV
What is at Stake
The Gaels are off to an 0-3 start in WCC play for the first time in 15 years while the Lions improved to 7-0 at home. Loyola Marymount can equal the 2018-19 start of eight home ‘dubs’ in a row with a win over the Gaels. LMU has won five of it’s last six while SMC has lost four of it’s last five games. The Gaels have won the last 10 games in the series.
Randy Bennett’s Gaels are at the bottom of the WCC and it is looking for the first win which would be a momentum and confidence builder. Coach Stan Johnson has crafted his culture immediately with the Lions who are one game off of No. 1 Gonzaga and Pacific as those two teams are the last two undefeated in league play.
Vs. The Spread:
- The total has gone under in 5 of the Gaels’ last 6 games
- SMC is 6-1 ATS in the last seven games when facing Loyola Marymount
- The Gaels are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 outings at LMU
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Loyola Marymount’s last 5 games
- However the total has gone OVER in 4 of the Lions’ last 6 WCC games
- The Lions are 4-1 SU in their last five contests
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Saint Marys CA||-2½ (-113)||-148||O 124 (-110)|
|Loyola Marymount||+2½ (-107)||+128||U 124 (-110)|
Last Time Out:
Saint Mary’s controlled the tempo for most of the evening, but No. 1 Gonzaga was too much too much to overcome as the Bulldogs throttled the Gaels, 73-59, in Moraga. Much of that has to do with how familiar the Gaels are with the Bulldogs and their ability to digest plays and even calls. Dan Fotu led the Gaels with 15 points while Logan Johnson had 12.
Eli Scott scored 20 points and Joe Quintana added 15 in overtime as the Lions took down San Diego, 72-69. Dameane Douglas had 19 points and nine boards as Quintana’s jumper with 1:31 to go in the extra session gave the Lions the lead for good.
For the Gaels to Win:
The Gaels have to create offense as they haven’t shot well at all in making only 43 percent of their attempts while netting only 32.8 percent from three. The Lions don’t defend the triple that well, so the opportunity for leading scorer Tommy Kuhse (14.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg) could arise. Quinn Clinton comes in off the bench as he leads SMC in made threes with 21. Kuhse has 79 of the Gaels’ 160 assists on the season. Interestingly, the Gaels tempo seems more methodical than it has been for a while at 20.3 seconds per possession (346th/NCAA).
For the Lions to Win:
The Lions need to assert their advantage in athleticism and quickness with leading scorer Eli Scott (15.5 ppl, 8.5 rpg) and skillful Dameane Douglas (13.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg) as an inside-outside threat. Both should be able to go at Matthias Taas and potentially get the Gaels’ big man in foul trouble. The point guard matchup of Joe Quintana (9.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg) and Kuhse should be interesting to watch. Quintana leads LMU in triples with 23. The Lions’ biggest problem is turnovers where they average 16.6 per game, but SMC forces only 11.1. Those numbers will be interesting to dissect during the game and if the Gaels cannot turn the Lions over, the advantage swings mightily in the favor of Loyola Marymount.