Loyola of Chicago vs. Illinois-Chicago - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois-Chicago Flames (1-7) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (5-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The UIC Flames will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The UIC Flames lost their 5th consecutive game and dropped to 1-7 (0-0 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Illinois State Redbirds, 72-60, this past Wednesday. UIC had a 3 point lead at halftime but was outscored by the Redbirds by a 44-29 margin in the 2nd half in the loss. UIC struggled offensively as they shot just 29.3% from the field and 35.0% (7-20) from beyond the arc. The Flames held the Redbirds to 39.7% shooting from the field and 11.1% (2-18) shooting from beyond the arc but was outrebounded by Illinois State by a 47-39 margin. Leading the way for UIC was Dominique Matthews who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Flames have been led by Dikembe Dixson (13.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.9 apg), Dominique Matthews (11.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Tai Odiase (8.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.9 bpg). Offensively, UIC is averaging 67.8 ppg on 37.7% shooting from the field and 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Flames are averaging 4.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.91. Defensively, UIC is allowing their opponents to average 78.5 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Flames have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of -3.6.
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The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 5-5 (0-0 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Cleveland St. Vikings, 60-54, this past Wednesday. Loyola (CHI) was able to hang around in this game despite struggling offensively however, allowed a let 7-2 run in the 2nd half that they couldn’t come back from. Loyola (CHI) shot 40.8% from the field and just 23.1% (3-13) from beyond the arc. The Ramblers allowed the Vikings to shoot 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc and lost the turnover battle by a 16-13 margin in the loss. Leading the way for Loyola (CHI) was Earl Peterson who had 16 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Milton Doyle (13.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.1 spg), Devon Turk (11.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg), and Earl Peterson (10.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.3 apg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 65.2 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field and 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Ramblers average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.95. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is allowing their opponents to average 65.6 ppg on 43.8% shooting. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Flames are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a double-digit loss at home however just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Ramblers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss however, just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Horizon League opponents.
UIC has struggled on both sides of the ball this season as they ranked 275th or worse in both offensive & defensive ppg categories. Loyola (CHI) has some decent talent on their team but has struggled as of late losing four of their last 5 games and has struggled offensively putting up just an average of 57.75 ppg over their last four games. Loyola (CHI) has struggled but this is still a decent team that can be dangerous if they can find some scoring and as UIC’s only win has come against an NAIA opponent and they’ve lost their three road games by an average of 26 ppg, I’m going with the Ramblers to cover this large spread.