Notre Dame vs. Loyola of Chicago - 12/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (5-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Joyce Center)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers will travel to the Purcell Pavilion to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers snapped their two game losing streak and improved to 5-3 (0-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Creighton Bluejays, 68-65, on December 5th. Loyola (CHI) shot 41.7% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc. The Ramblers held Creighton to 42.4% shooting from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from three-point range. Loyola (CHI) was outrebounded by Creighton by a 45-32 margin however, committed just 9 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Milton Doyle who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. On the season, Loyola (CHI) has been led by Milton Doyle (14.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.8 apg), Devon Turk (13.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg), and Earl Peterson (10.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 67.1 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field and 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Ramblers average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.91. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 64.4 ppg on 43.3% shooting. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-2 (0-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Stony Brook Seawolves, 86-61, this past Tuesday. Notre Dame used a strong 2nd half in which they outscored Stony Brook by a 46-29 margin to secure the victory. Notre Dame shot 55.0% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. The Fighting Irish held the Seawolves to 27.8% (5-18) shooting from three-point range and outrebounded Stony Brook by a 43-24 margin. Leading the way for Notre Dame was Zach Auguste who had a double-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Fighting Irish have been led by Demetrius Jackson (18.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.1 apg), Zach Auguste (15.3 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Steve Vasturia (13.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Notre Dame is averaging 79.4 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field and 40.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Fighting Irish average 8.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.51. Defensively, Notre Dame is holding their opponents to average 67.1 ppg on 41.9% shooting. The Fighting Irish have a rebound margin of 7.8 and a turnover margin of -0.1.
The Ramblers are 11-2 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Fighting Irish are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. MVC opponents.
Loyola (CHI) is a solid overall team that is led by one of the best players in the MVC in Milton Doyle. Notre Dame has a great starting give led by Zach Augustine and Demetrius Jackson but has struggled a bit with turnovers. Notre Dame is starting to look like a top-25 teams that many people expected at the start of the season, however, the Ramblers are a solid team with a great player and I just thing this is too many points for the Fighting Irish to cover. I'm taking Loyola (CHI) and the points.