Wichita State Shockers vs. Loyola of Chicago Ramblers - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (13-7) at Wichita State Shockers (18-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)
The Line: Wichita State Shockers -19 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers face the #12 Wichita State Shockers at the Charles Koch Arena.
The Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers have enjoyed a solid non conferenc schedule but lately the scoring has been way down and the defense has been left holding the ball. The Ramblers have lost three in a row as their conference record fell to 3-5 after 72-61 defeat at Indiana State where both ends of the floor struggled. The Sycamores jumped to an early 13 point lead and were never in trouble as they burned the nets at 53% including a 12-23 mark on threes while the Ramblers countered with 44.6% marksmanship despite eleven more looks. Montel James was the only double digit scorer with 18 points and five yanks on 8-14 with Earl Peterson and Christian Thomas tossing in eight points apiece with Thomas grabbing a team high seven boards.
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While I would say the Wichita State Shockers are a half step behind some of the teams we've seen in previous seasons, it's splitting hairs becaus how many teams are 18-2 at this time of the year. The Shockers have won eight in a row with the last six coming by double figures after crushing Drake 74-40 as a 24 point favorite on Saturday. WSU won this match up by eight a few weeks ago but this one was never close with a 36-19 lead after 20 minutes. The Bulldogs were held to 38.5% shooting while the home team fired away at 52% including 9-23 from beyond the arc. Ron Baker paced the offense with 15 ponts with Tekele Cotton tossing in ten. Shaquille Morris and Fre VanFleet combined for 17 points with VanFleet posting five helpers with 13 players scoring.
The Ramblers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Loyola (Chicago) are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. The Shockers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a SU win of more than 20 points. Wichita State are 38-14-1 ATS in their last 53 games following a S.U. win and 40-15-1 ATS in their last 56 games overall. I think the Shockers are starting to roll and the Ramblers are struggling so on potential...