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Evansville Purple Aces vs. Loyola of Chicago Ramblers - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (11-3) at Evansville Purple Aces (11-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Ford Center)

The Line: Evansville Purple Aces -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: The Valley

The Loyola (IL) Ramblers will travel to the Ford Center to take on the Evansville Purple Aces this Wednesday night.

The Loyola Ramblers had their 7 game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-3 (1-1 MVC) on the season after losing 67-58 to the 23rd ranked Northern Iowa Panthers this past Sunday. The Ramblers allowed the Panthers to shoot 45.8% from the field and committed 19 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for Loyola was Milton Doyle who had 13 points and 3 rebounds.  Loyola is currently ranked 59th in the RPI Standings and has played the 144th ranked SOS. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Christian Thomas (12.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and Milton Doyle (12.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Loyola is averaging 66.7 ppg (ranked 212th) on 47.6% shooting (ranked 39th). The Ramblers shoot 40.1% from the beyond the arc (ranked 16th) and 72.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 62nd). Defensively, Loyola is holding their opponents to 59.5 ppg (ranked 43rd) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 121st). The Ramblers are holding their opponents to 28.8% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 37th). Loyola is grabbing 23.29 defensive rpg (ranked 216th) and 31.36 total rpg (ranked 306th).

Evansville Purple Aces vs. Loyola of Chicago Ramblers - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Evansville Purple Aces had their 4 game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-3 (1-1 MVC) on the season after losing 79-75 in overtime this past Sunday. The Purple Aces shot 48.3% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Evansville was Eqidijus Mockevicius who had a double-double with 13 point, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks. The Purple Aces are ranked 82nd in the RPI Standings and have played the 191st ranked SOS. On the season, Evansville have been led by D.J. Balentine (21.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Eqidijus Mockevicius (13.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.4 bpg). Offensively, the Purple Aces are averaging 76.9 ppg (ranked 29th) on 51.1% shooting (ranked 5th). Evansville is averaging 18.1 apg (ranked 6th) and has a 1.38 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 28th). Defensively, the Purple Aces are allowing their opponents to score an average of 64.7 ppg (ranked 147th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 175th). Evansville is averaging 25.79 defensive rpg (ranked 84th) and 34.79 total rpg (ranked 193rd).

The Ramblers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Purple Aces are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Loyola (IL) and Evansville are top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference this year. This is a tough stretch for Loyola as they have to play UNI and Evansville back to back away from home. Evansville is a tough team at home and I think that they’ll have success against a tough Loyola defensive and will score just enough to cover this spread. Take Evansville to cover. 

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Evansville Purple Aces -5

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