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Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (24-2) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (16-10)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers +9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola (IL) Ramblers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Northern Iowa Panthers improved to 24-2 (13-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Missouri State Bears, 68-57, this past Sunday. Northern Iowa shot 50.0% from the field and 46.2% (12-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Seth Tuttle who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Northern Iowa is ranked 19th in the RPI Standings and has played the 171st ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Seth Tuttle (16.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.2 apg) and Wes Washpun (8.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg). Northern Iowa is averaging 65.8 ppg (ranked 210th) on 48.8% shooting (ranked 13th). The Panthers are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 93rd) on 40.4% three-point shooting (ranked 14th) Northern Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 54.9 ppg (ranked 5th) on 38.4% shooting (ranked 21st).  The Panthers are committing 15.2 personal fouls per game (ranked 11th) and are holding teams to 30.9% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 40th).

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola (IL) Ramblers improved to 16-10 (6-8 MVC) on the season after defeating the Bradley Braves, 58-53, this past Sunday. Loyola (IL) shot 44.9% from the field and 33.3% (5-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Christian Thomas who had 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Loyola (IL) is ranked 121st in the RPI Standings and has played the 146th ranked SOS. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Milton Doyle (11.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.2 apg) and Christian Thomas (10.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.8 apg). Loyola (IL) is averaging 62.0 ppg (ranked 297th) on 46.5% shooting (ranked 48th). The Ramblers are shooting 39.5% from beyond the arc (ranked 24th) however, are shooting just 68.2% from the free-throw line (ranked 204th). Loyola (IL) is holding their opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg (ranked 36th) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 191st). The Ramblers are holding teams to 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 64th) however, are just pulling down 29.12 total rpg (ranked 338th). Milton Doyle is out indefinitely with an ankle injury.

The Panthers are 4-0-3 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 8-1-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Ramblers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Northern Iowa has won 13 straight game and have an average victory of 14.4 points since defeating Wichita State 70-54 at home in late January. The Ramblers have won 3 of their last 4 and look to continue to work back to the middle of the MVC standings. Northern Iowa has been playing great basketball all year however, Loyola (IL) played Northern Iowa tough at Northern Iowa and between their defensive and ability to slow down a game, I think that Loyola (IL) will keep this one within the number. Take Loyola (IL) and the points in this one. 

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