CBB: Loyola Marymount vs Colorado Prediction
College basketball season is here–and as we have done for the last few years, MFST will be previewing and predicting the winners of all of the games each day. We pride ourselves on our love for the mid-majors, so you can count on us for all of your game previews and analysis. This year, we will be keeping track on our picks against the spread–the last two years we have had better than a 50% pick-rate ATS. Let’s make the 2019-20 season the most profitable yet…
Loyola Marymount vs Colorado
Expectations are high this season in Boulder, CO and the Buffaloes have come out of the gate firing, undefeated through six games and ranked No. 20 in the country.
After a close call this past Saturday against Sacramento State, the Buffaloes will host Loyola Marymount at the CU Events Center. The Lions (3-4) are coming off a 61-51 win over Southern Utah on Saturday night and are looking for the upset of the Buffaloes.
Loyola Marymount’s task might be tougher after Colorado’s close win Saturday seemed to wake up the Buffaloes (6-0).
“When you’re a ranked team, you got that number next to your name and people talking about you a little bit, other teams take that on as a challenge,” Boyle said after a 59-45 decision Saturday. “Other teams come in and say, ‘OK, what can we do to put ourselves on the map?’ Beating Colorado in Boulder is one way to do it. We have to understand that. I think our guys are figuring that out. We didn’t play offensively like that tonight, but Loyola Marymount is a capable team.”
The Buffaloes are led by Tyler Bey (14.2 points a game), McKinley Wright IV (11.8) and D’Shawn Schwartz (11.7). Bey also leads the team with 12.5 rebounds a game.
Wright is the motor that keeps the team going, but he has struggled with his shot of late. He has hit just 9 of 27 shooting the last three games, but he has helped out in other ways.
Colorado will need him to put the brakes on the turnover problem that plagued the team on Saturday night. The Buffaloes gave the ball way 19 times but relied on a strong defense to win that game.
“We had 19 turnovers; that’s terrible,” Wright said Saturday night. “But we got a win, so there’s nothing to be mad about, but we need to be better for teams coming down the stretch. Loyola Marymount is a pretty good team; they will come in here and try to beat us. It’s my job and (Bey’s) job to take control of the team and make sure we get off to better starts.”
The Lions will need to find more scoring if they’re going to pull off the upset. Junior Parker Dortch has shown he can be that guy at times, and his offense was key to the win over Southern Utah. He scored 17 points off the bench, the second time this season he has hit that mark but he’s averaging just 5.8 points in the other five games.
The squad is led by a sophomore Bulgarian, Ivan Alipiev, who is averaging 13 points per game.
LINE: Colorado -18.5
Score Prediction: Colorado 69 Loyola Marymount 50
Dan’s Bet: Colorado -18.5
It’s a high number for a team that has struggled a bit offensively, but at home, I’ll take the Buffs to cover.