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Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks CBI Championship - 3/30/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (24-12) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (22-13)

College Basketball: Monday, March 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 132 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks face the Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers in game one of the CBI championship.

 

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks CBI Championship - 3/30/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers have enjoyed their best season in recent memory with their half court type of game carrying them to 22 wins and a trip to the CBI championship. The Ramblers hammered Seattle 63-48 behind a 43-27 second half run to reach the championship as they overcame a 20 point first half. The Redhawks were done in by 40% marksmanship with just nine trips to the line and a 4-17 mark from long range sealing their fate. That made the Ramblers 43.8% shooting and five more free throws look golden. The tandem of Devon Turk and Earl Peterson were too much for Seattle to contend with as they netted 15 points apiece on 9-15 shooting with Turk hitting five bombs. Milton Doyle scored nine points while Christian Thomas and Ben Richardson tossed in eight points each with Thomas grabbing seven boards.

 

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are similar to their counterparts in that they prefer a more controlled style of offense backed up by a stifling defense that gave only 60 points on 38% shooting. Vermont gave that defense a run for their money in a 71-65 semifinal defeat with the Catamounts  sinking shots at over 45% and probably costing themselves a win with a 7-26 effort from the perimeter. The Warhawks connected at 44% from the floor and were only 3-14 on threes but went 18-24 at the charity stripe to hold a ten point advantage at the line. When the final horn sounded the twosome of Tylor Ongwae and Majok Deng did most of the damage with 22 points apiece with five and eleven rebounds respectively. Jamaal Steward netted 15 points while Justin Roberson and Nick Coppola  combined for 13 points with each posting five yanks.

 

The Warhawks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. Louisiana-Monroe are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Ramblers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.Loyola (Chicago) are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. No line has been released but it shouldn’t be a big one but I might be leaning Warhawks if I get points.

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Louisiana-Monroe +5.5

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