Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Utah Thunderbirds (2-5) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (7-2)
College Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Loyola of Chicago Ramblers host the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in the first ever meeting between these programs.
If you have followed the Southern Utah Thunderbirds the past few years then you know that they haven't won often. The reason for the early season struggles in 2014-15 are they are being outscored 78-73 which doesn't need further explanation. The Thunderbirds saw their two game winning streak come to and end in a 79-60 loss at Boise State on Sunday were a six point deficit at the half turned in to a blowout. SUU hit at 40% from the floor and were just 4-18 from beyond the arc which meant game over with the Broncos sinking shots at almost 54%. John Marshall paced the Thunderbirds offense with 14 points on 4-6 shooting but had five turnovers while Travon Langston and AJ Hess contributed eleven points and eight points respectively.
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The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers began the season well at 7-2 and did well in the early going a year ago before fading so the obvious question is can this team continue to win and avoid losing streaks. We will see as the season matures and the schedule toughens up because the SOS thus far hasn't been strong. The Rambler have won three in a row after an 83-44 beatdown of Abilene Christian on Wednesday. A 45-15 second half run expanded on a nine point lead at the break with the Wildcats hitting around 25% of their shots. Loyola burned the nets at 64% and were +26 on the backboards and were never challenged. The duo of Montel James and Devon Turk scored 13 points apiece while Earl Peterson added eleven points. Five others netted between 6-8 points with 13 players scoring overall.
The Thunderbirds are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. Southern Utah are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The amblers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Loyala-Chicago are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games. This a huge spread that the Ramblers are never asked to cover. They can because Southern Utah is not very good but neither team will get my money...