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Loyola of Chicago vs. Bradley - 1/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bradley Braves (2-15) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (7-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers -13.5 -- Over/Under: 113 See the Latest Odds

TV: The Valley; Fox Sports-Midwest; Comcase Sportsnet - Chicago; ESPN 3

The Bradley Braves will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Bradley Braves lost their 6th consecutive game and dropped to 2-15 (0-4 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Evansville Purple Aces, 67-35, this past Saturday. Bradley struggled offensively throughout the game and couldn’t put together a 2nd half run after falling behind 36-18 at halftime. Bradley shot just 26.1% from the field and 23.5% (4-17) from beyond the arc. The Braves allowed the Purple Aces to shoot 53.2% from the field and 55.6% (5-9) from three-point range. Leading the way for Bradley was Donte Thomas who had 11 points and 3 rebounds from off the bench. On the season, the Braves have been led by Donte Thomas (8.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (8.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Luuk van Bree (6.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg). Offensively, Bradley is averaging 54.3 ppg on 36.2% shooting from the field and 25.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Braves average 4.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.45. Defensively, Bradley is allowing their opponents to average 71.2 ppg on 44.5% shooting. The Braves have a rebound margin of -2.8 and a turnover margin of -5.6.

Loyola of Chicago vs. Bradley - 1/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 7-9 (0-4 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Missouri State Bears, 56-54, this past Saturday. Loyola (CHI) was able to get a 29-23 halftime lead but struggled offensively in the 2nd half and allowed the Bears to go on a 19-8 run to get lead and the win. Loyola (CHI) shot 45.8% from the field and 23.1% (3-13) from beyond the arc. The Ramblers allowed the Bears to shoot 47.8% shooting from the field and had seven steals in the loss. Leading the way for Loyola (CHI) was Earl Peterson who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Milton Doyle (11.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.6 apg), Montel James (11.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg), and Earl Peterson (10.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.6 apg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 63.4 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field and 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Ramblers average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.92. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 64.1 ppg on 43.4% shooting. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of -3.6 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

The Braves are 19-40-2 ATS in their last 61 vs. MVC opponents and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss. The Ramblers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Bradley has really struggled since the beginning of MVC play they’ve lost their first four games by an average of 29 ppg. Loyola (CHI) looked like they had the talent to be able to contend in the MVC this season but has really struggled offensively and still are looking for their first MVC conference win. This could be a pretty low scoring game but as Loyola (CHI) does have a good defense and is playing at home, I think they’ll be able to cover this large spread against a Bradley team averaging just 45 ppg in conference play this season. Take Loyola (CHI) to cover. 

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