BYU vs Loyola Marymount Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, March 4, 2023

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The No. 5 seed BYU Cougars (18-14, 7-9 WCC) and the No. 4 seed Loyola Marymount Lions (19-11, 9-7 WCC) will try to move on in the WCC tournament on Saturday as they meet at 10:00 PM.

The Cougars square off with the Lions in a game that BYU is currently a small favorite by 3 points. The over/under is 148.5 points for the game.

BYU vs. Loyola Marymount Odds

Point Spread for BYU vs. Loyola Marymount

The spread for this matchup is set at 3 points, with sportsbooks listing BYU as the favorite.

BYU vs. Loyola Marymount Moneyline

As for the moneyline, BYU has -166 odds to pick up the win, while Loyola Marymount is listed at +140 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 148.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, March 4, 2023
  • Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN2
  • Location: Paradise, Nevada
  • Arena: Orleans Arena

BYU vs. Loyola Marymount Betting Trends

Against the spread, BYU is 16-13-1 this season. The Cougars have been chosen as favorites in 18 games this year and have walked away with the win 13 times (72.2%) in those games. BYU’s games this year have hit the over on 15 of 29 set point totals.

Loyola Marymount has 17 wins against the spread in 29 games this season. The Lions have won 50% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (7-7). Loyola Marymount has hit the over 62.1% of the time this year (18 of 29 games with a set point total).

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BYU vs. Loyola Marymount Key Players to Watch


Fousseyni Traore leads his squad in both points (13.2) and rebounds (8.1) per game, and also puts up 1.5 assists. Defensively, he delivers 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Gideon George is putting up 10.8 points, 1.3 assists and 6 rebounds per contest. Rudi Williams averages 12.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Defensively, he delivers 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Jaxson Robinson posts 8.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. Defensively, he averages 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocked shots.

Loyola Marymount

Keli Leaupepe is putting up a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. And he is contributing 13.3 points and 1.2 assists, making 44.3% of his shots from the floor and 43% from 3-point range, with 1.6 treys per game. Jalin Anderson gets the Lions 10.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest. He also delivers 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Alex Merkviladze gives the Lions 7.3 points, 4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He also averages 0.3 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the BYU Cougars

In BYU’s 17 WCC games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total eight times. On offense, the Cougars are averaging 75.8 points per game (82nd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing 69.9 points per contest at the other end of the court (176th-ranked). BYU is averaging 34.1 boards per game this year (51st-ranked in college basketball), and it has allowed only 27.6 rebounds per contest (17th-best).

BYU is making 8.3 treys per game (78th-ranked in college basketball). It owns a 33.9% shooting percentage (198th-ranked) from downtown. The Cougars are allowing 7.2 three-pointers per game (179th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opponents to shoot 33.9% (186th-ranked) from three-point land.

The Cougars are 7-3 against the spread and 4-6 overall in their past 10 contests. BYU has gone over the total in six of its last 10 games. BYU has seen an uptick in scoring lately, racking up 76.9 points per game in its last 10 contests, 1.1 points more than the 75.8 it has scored this season. BYU has been a little suspect on the defensive end of the floor of late, allowing 73 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 69.9 it has conceded this year.

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What you need to know about the Loyola Marymount Lions

Loyola Marymount has covered nine times in 16 chances against the spread in conference play this season. The Lions are 88th in college basketball in points scored (75.7 per game) and 273rd in points conceded (73.1). At 33.2 rebounds per game and 28.3 rebounds allowed, Loyola Marymount is 97th and 33rd in the nation, respectively.

Loyola Marymount is the 23rd-best team in the nation in 3-pointers made (9.4 per game) and 48th in 3-point percentage (36.9%). In 2022-23, the Lions are 83rd in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (6.5 per game) and 139th in defensive 3-point percentage (33.2%).

The Lions are 6-4 against the spread and 6-4 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Loyola Marymount has hit the over six times. While Loyola Marymount is posting 75.7 points per game in 2022-23, it has fallen short of that over its previous 10 games, amassing 74.8 points per contest. While the Lions are giving up 73.1 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse in their previous 10 games, allowing 78.1 points per contest.

BYU vs. Loyola Marymount Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this game is BYU, and we expect that BYU will cover the spread (BYU -3). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 148.5 points.

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How to bet BYU vs. Loyola Marymount

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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