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Loyola Marymount Lions Game Preview/Open Thread

The Huskies try to rebound from the loss to Gonzaga

NCAA Basketball: West Coast Conference Tournament-BYU vs Loyola Marymount Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Essentials

Date: Sunday, 12/17/17

Tip-Off Time: 3:00pm PST

TV: Pac-12 Network

Radio: KOMO 1000

Location: Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec-Ed Pavilion, Seattle, Washington

Betting Line: Washington -8.5

Loyola Marymount 2017-18 Statistics:

Record: 5-4

Points For per Game: 77.5 ppg (100th)

Points Against per Game: 77.4 ppg (253rd)

Adjusted Offensive Efficiency: 103.0 (175th)

Adjusted Defensive Efficiency: 106.9 (243rd)

Strength of Schedule: 243rd

Loyola Marymount Key Players:

C- Mattias Markusson, So. 7’3, 248: 8.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 0.9bpg, 61.5% FG, 57.1% FT

I thought that Aaron Menzies of Seattle U would be the only 7’3 player the Huskies played this year. I was wrong. Expect Timmins to be in the game any time that Mattias is which is about 24 minutes per game so far.

F- Eli Scott, Fr. 6’5, 224: 13.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.4apg, 49.4% FG, 68.5% FT, 18.2% 3pt

Scott is pretty much a two inches taller version of Carlos Johnson. He’s great at rebounding and drawing contact while being undersized but is a terrible shooter.

F- Steven Haney, Sr. 6’6, 197: 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 33.8% FG, 71.4% FT, 35.1% 3pt

Haney is mostly a 3-point specialist for the Lions as he takes most of his shots from deep where he’s slightly above average. But if the Huskies leave him open in the corner repeatedly he could make them pay.

G- Jeffery McClendon, Jr. 6’2, 210: 5.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, 41.3% FG, 71.4% FT, 31.6% 3pt

McClendon starts but will split time with some other players on the wing. He’s their best perimeter defender and ranks 12th in the country in steal percentage at 5.1% (Matisse Thybulle is 6th at 6.03%).

G- James Batemon, Jr. 6’1, 188: 16.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.8apg, 49.5% FG, 78.8% FT, 28.6% 3pt

Batemon is the leader of the Loyola team and their best player. He’s not a good shooter but he makes up for it by driving to the lane and getting fouled all the time. He’ll be priority number one for the Husky defense.

The Outlook

Loyola Marymount has played some good games against tough opponents but they haven’t pulled off a major upset yet. That doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of it. They fell by 4 at Oregon State and by 5 to a good UT Arlington team. But all of their wins have been against teams ranked 271st or below in KenPom rankings.

The Lions have some similarities to the Washington Huskies. They don’t shoot the ball very well and instead rely on crashing the offensive glass and drawing fouls to score most of their points. Their defense has major holes but they’re well above average in forcing turnovers and use that to initiate fast break opportunities.

However, they’re also just worse than the Huskies which may be a problem for them. Markusson may be a giant but he’s the only player on the roster taller 6’6. If he gets in foul trouble then the Lions have absolutely no one to deal with Noah Dickerson. Expect them to try to double team the Husky PF and then play the passing lanes if he kicks it out.

And foul trouble is a distinct possibility. The Lions are 17th in the % of opponents’ points scored by free throws. That means they put their opponents to the line a ton which plays directly into the Huskies’ plans. UW can’t get overconfident but I expect them to rebound following the Gonzaga debacle and get it done with room to spare tonight.


Washington Huskies- 87, Loyola Marymount Lions- 72


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