Loyola Marymount will focus on getting back into winning-form with the start of West Coast Conference games Thursday night. The Lions (5-7, 0-0 WCC) will begin the conference schedule on the road, beginning with an 8 p.m. game against Saint Mary’s airing on Spectrum Sportsnet.
|Date | Time:||Thursday, Dec. 28| 8 pm (PST)|
|Where:||McKeon Pavilion | Los Angeles, CA|
|The Match-up:||LMU: ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS | GAME NOTES
SMC: ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS | GAME NOTES
|Live Broadcast:||TheW.tv | Spectrum Sportsnet|
|RADIO:||KXLU 88.9 FM | Listen Online|
The Gaels (11-2, 0-0 WCC) had another strong non-conference season, leading to 11 votes in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll released on Monday. SMC is led by the combination of senior Jock Landale and his ve-consecutive double-doubles and Emmett Naar, the nation’s leader in assists with 119 on the year.
Naar’s control of the game has led SMC to the nation’s best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.02), with the Gaels allowing just 8.5 turnovers per game, the lowest in Division I men’s basketball.
LMU will look to combat that in rebounding margin, speci cally by keeping possessions alive on the offensive glass. The Lions rank sixth in the country averaging 15.0 offensive rebounds per game. Among the NCAA individual leaders in that category are Eli Scott who ranks 44th with his 3.18 offensive boards per game and Zafir Williams who ranks 78th after collecting 2.82 of- fesive rebounds per contest.
The Lions come into the game trying to end an 11-game losing streak to Saint Mary’s and open WCC play on the right note. Following the game, the focus will then shift to Saturday’s opponent, Pacific, who open Thursday at top-20 Gonzaga.
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