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Loyola of Chicago vs. Drake - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (5-14) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (8-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

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

TV: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, ESPN College Extra

The Drake Bulldogs will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Drake Bulldogs lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 5-14 (0-7 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Missouri State Bears this past Wednesday. Drake held a 10-point half time lead in this one but fell apart defensively in the 2nd half and allowed the Bears to score 50 2nd half points in the loss. Drake shot 41.0% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs allowed the Bears to shoot 46.6% from the field and was outrebounded by Missouri State by a 39-33 margin. Leading the way for Drake was Reed Timmer who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Reed Timmer (17.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), Kale Abrahamson (13.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Graham Woodward (11.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.9 apg). Offensviely, Drake is averaging 69.7 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field and 40.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs average 7.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.93. Defensively, Drake is allowing their opponents to average 72.6 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of -3.4.

Loyola of Chicago vs. Drake - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers dropped to 8-11 (1-6 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Evansville Purple Aces, 74-66, this past Tuesday. Evansville had a 35-27 lead at halftime and extended this lead to a 60-41 advantage midway through the 2nd half in which the Ramblers couldn’t recover from. Loyola (CHI) shot 44.3% from the field but struggled from beyond the arc hitting just 23.8% (5-21) of their three-pointers. The Ramblers allowed the Purple Aces to shoot 57.4% from the field and was outrebounded by Evansville by a 31-25 margin. Leading the way for Loyola (CHI) was Donte Ingram who had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Milton Doyle (11.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.2 apg), Montel James (10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg), and Earl Peterson (9.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging just 62.3 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field and 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Ramblers average 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.91. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 62.8 ppg on 43.1% shooting. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of -3.7 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Bulldogs are 7-16-2 ATS in their last 25 road games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Ramblers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Both Drake and Loyola (CHI) have struggled in MVC play this year however, it’s a bit surprising to see Loyola (CHI) currently sitting at 1-5 as they looked as if they were ready to become one of the top MVC teams this season. Drake currently doesn’t have a great formula for winning games as they turnover the ball over, have a below average defense, and rely on the outside shooting to generate the majority of their points. Loyola (CHI) has been solid defensively as they rank 19th in the country in scoring defense however, they’ve been getting beaten on the boards and haven’t gotten the offensive production that was expected from Milton Doyle and Montel James. It’s hard to trust Loyola (CHI) after they lost to Bradley on their home court, however, I think the Ramblers defense will be able to generate some offense from Drake turnovers and that  they cover this mid-range spread at home. Take Loyola (CHI) to cover. 

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