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Northern Iowa vs. Loyola of Chicago - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (11-2) at Northern Iowa Panthers (11-2)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Loyola Ramblers and Northern Iowa Panthers square off Sunday afternoon at the McLeod Center.

The Loyola Ramblers have won seven straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Loyola is averaging 66.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and is allowing 58.2 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Christian Thomas is averaging 13.4 points and 4.1 rebounds while Milton Doyle is averaging 12.7 points and 4.1 assists. Montel James is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Devon Turk is shooting 38.2 percent from the field. The Loyola Ramblers are a great defensive team that’s allowed no more than 57 points in six straight games and is holding teams to 27.1 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Loyola is shooting 72.4 percent from the free throw line and 40.4 percent from beyond the arc. Loyola is 3-1 SU on the road this season.

Northern Iowa vs. Loyola of Chicago - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Iowa Panthers hope to get back on track after splitting their last two games. On the season, Northern Iowa is averaging 67.2 points on 48.3 percent shooting and is allowing 57.6 points on 39 percent shooting. Seth Tuttle is averaging 14.3 points and 3.2 assists while Wes Washpun is averaging 11.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Marvin Singleton is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Paul Jesperson is shooting 45.2 percent from the field. The Northern Iowa Panthers are also a great defensive team that’s allowed 65 or less points in 10 of their last 11 games. The Panthers are also forcing 11.5 turnovers and holding teams to 30.1 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Northern Iowa is shooting 71.6 percent from the line and 37.4 percent from downtown. Northern Iowa is unbeaten on its home court.

The Ramblers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Missouri Valley. The Panthers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. loss. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Loyola isn't getting enough respect here considering its on a nice winning streak and plays above-average defense. Look for the Panthers to win but the Ramblers to make this a tight game. 

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