March 8, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Diego Toreros guard Christopher Anderson (00) and guard Johnny Dee (1) celebrate against the Brigham Young Cougars during the second half in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

WCC Game Preview: LMU vs. San Diego


 

LMU Lions (9-4) vs. San Diego Toreros (9-5)

Date: Monday, December 30, 2013

Location: Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

Time: 7:00 PM PST

TV: None

Video: http://www.lmulions.com/allaccess/?media=414015

Last Season: San Diego won both meetings.  They beat the Lions 78-70 in San Diego and 69-68 in overtime in Los Angeles.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Loyola Marymount

Anthony Ireland, 18.8 PPG, 5.5 APG

Evan Payne, 15.1 PPG

C.J. Blackwell, 4.o PPG

Gabe Levin, 12.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG

Alex Osborne, 6.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG

San Diego

Christopher Anderson, 11.1 PPG, 6.2 APG

Johnny Dee, 18.3 PPG

Duda Sandaze, 12.2 PPG

Jito Kok, 5.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.6 BPG

Dennis Kramer, 11.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG

KEYS TO THE GAME

Loyola Marymount

Contain Dee:  Lately, Johnny Dee has been doing most of the scoring for the Toreros.  If Evan Payne can try to deny Dee the ball and force Anderson and Sandaze to take more shots, the Lions will be in excellent shape.  If necessary, Chase Flint could even guard Dee.  If the Lions keep Dee down, they will have an excellent chance to win the game.

San Diego

Bench Scoring: The Toreros get 83.2% of their scoring from their starters. Someone on the bench needs to step up or else Dee and Anderson will have to play close to all 40 minutes and eventually get tired.  If Chris Sarbaugh or Brett Bailey can come in and give something for the Toreros, that will go a long way as the season goes on.

PREDICTION

Loyola Marymount is coming off their best win of the season, while San Diego is coming off a disappointing loss to Pepperdine.  If momentum means anything, the Lions should handle the Toreros at home.  But I expect San Diego to bounce back to try to avoid an 0-2 start to league play.  The Toreros will keep it close, but Anthony Ireland and comapny should get the victory, 73-66.

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