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Loyola of Chicago vs. Cleveland State - 12/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland State Vikings (2-7) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (5-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Cleveland State Vikings will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers this Saturday night.

The Cleveland State Vikings lost their 5th consecutive game and dropped to 2-7 (0-0 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Ohio Bobcats, 76-67, this past Saturday. The Vikings were down just by two at halftime however, allowed the Bobcats to go on an early run in the 2nd half to take control of the contest and win the game. Cleveland State shot 44.1% from the field and 47.6% from beyond the arc but did commit 15 turnovers in the loss. The Vikings allowed the Bobcats to shoot 49.2% from the field and were outrebounded by Ohio by a 37-32 margin. Leading the way for Cleveland State was Rob Edwards who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Vikings have been led by Rob Edwards (12.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 spg), Demonte Flannigan (10.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg), and Andre Yates (9.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, Cleveland State is averaging just 60.0 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field and 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Vikings average 5.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.70. Defensively, Cleveland State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 48.6% shooting. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -2.8 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

Loyola of Chicago vs. Cleveland State - 12/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola (CHI) Rambles dropped to 5-4 (0-0 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 81-61, this past Sunday. The Ramblers hung around with Notre Dame for a while however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and was outscored in the 2nd half by the Fighting Irish by a 41-27 margin. Loyola (CHI) shot 43.1% from the field and 45.8% from beyond the arc but was outrebounded by Notre Dame by a 36-23 margin. The Ramblers allowed Notre Dame to shoot 58.0% from the field and 50.0% (10-20) from three-point range. Leading the way for Loyola (CHI) was Donte Ingram who had 12 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal off the bench. On the season the Ramblers have been led by Milton Doyle (13.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.3 apg), Devon Turk (12.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg), and Earl Peterson (10.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.4 apg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 66.4 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field and 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Ramblers average 7.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.98. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg on 44.8% shooting. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Vikings are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games following a straight up loss and 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Ramblers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss however just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Cleveland State looks like they could be in for a long year as although their defensive has been solid, the Vikings can’t seem to generate anything on the offensive side of the ball as they are really struggling from the field and from beyond the arc. Loyola (CHI) has dropped three of their last four games but has been solid on their home court this season compiling a 4-0 record with wins over Toledo and Creighton. In the five games that Cleveland State has loss away from home this season, they’ve average margin of defeat is 15.8 points. The Vikings defense and slow style of play does concern me a bit against a Loyola (CHI) offense that can struggle at times, however, as the Ramblers are at home and have the best player on the court in Milton Doyle, I think the Loyola (CHI) can cover this spread. Take Loyola (CHI) to cover.  

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Loyola (CHI) Ramblers -7.5

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