Loyola of Chicago vs. Evansville - 2/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Evansville Purple Aces (19-7) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (12-13)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Evansville Purple Aces will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Evansville Purple Aces dropped to 19-7 (8-5 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Illinois State Redbirds, 70-60, this past Thursday. Illinois State was down by a 30-29 margin at halftime but was able to go on a 12-5 run early midway through the 2nd half to take a 58-45 lead and secure the victory. Evansville struggled offensively as they shot just 38.0% from the field and 23.1% (3-13) from beyond the arc. The Purple Aces allowed the Redbirds to shoot 40.7% from the field and lost the turnover battle by an 18-14 margin. Leading the way for Evansville was Egidijus Mockevicius who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Purple Aces have been led by D.J. Balentine (20.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.3 apg), Egidijus Mockevicius (16.3 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 2.7 bpg), and Jaylon Brown (10.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.8 apg). Offensively, Evansville is averaging 76.2 ppg on 50.3% shooting from the field and 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Purple Aces average 4.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.35. Defensively, Evansville is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 40.6% shooting. The Purple Aces have a rebound margin of 3.6 and average 4.3 blocks per game.
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The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-13 (5-8 MVC) on the season after defeating the Bradley Braves, 54-43, this past Wednesday. Loyola (CHI) took an early 12-4 lead in the game and never trailed in the victory. Loyola (CHI) shot 37.3% from the field and 25.0% (3-12) from beyond the arc. The Ramblers held the Braves to 29.3% shooting from the field and 15.0% (3-20) from three-point range. Leading the way for Loyola (CHI) was Montel James who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Montel James (12.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 spg), Milton Doyle (11.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.1 apg), and Devon Turk (9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 64.3 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field and 34.7% shooting from three-point range. The Ramblers average 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.90. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 64.5 ppg on 43.6% shooting. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of -4.4 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Purple Aces are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Ramblers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game however, just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win.
Evansville has lost 3 of their last 4 games but remains one of the top teams in the MVC as they have a strong defense that ranks 57th in the country in defensive FG % and has a solid offense that ranks 3rd in the country in FG %. Loyola (CHI) has had a disappointing season as although the Ramblers have a tough defense, they’ve had trouble on the offensive end all season and haven’t gotten production from their stars as was expected prior to the season. Loyola (CHI) has played better as of late however, I think Evansville had too much of an advantage down low with Egidijus Mockevicius and I think they rebound with a solid road win in this one. I’m taking Evansville to cover this road spread.