Loyola of Chicago vs. Creighton - 12/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Creighton Bluejays (5-2) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (4-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, ESPN College Extra
The Creighton Bluejays will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Creighton Bluejays had their three game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-2 (0-0 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Arizona State Sun Devils, 79-77, this past Wednesday. Creighton had an 8-point halftime lead but couldn’t hold late in the 2nd half in the win. Creighton shot 50.8% from the field and 47.8% (11-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Bluejays allowed the Sun Devils to shoot 51.7% from the field and was outrebounded by Arizona State by a 34-29 margin. Leading the way for Creighton was Geoffrey Groselle who had 15 points and 9 rebounds. On the season, the Bluejays have been led by Cole Huff (12.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Maurice Watson Jr. (12.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 6.1 apg), and Isaiah Zierden (12.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apg). Offensively, Creighton is averaging 88.1 ppg on 50.5% shooting from the field. The Bluejays average 9.9 three pointers per game on 38.8% shooting from three-point range. Defensively, Creighton is allowing their opponents to average 75.9 ppg on 46.2% shooting. The Bluejays have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 3.7.
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The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 4-3 (0-0 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the UNC Asheville Bulldogs, 59-48, this past Saturday. Loyola (CHI) had a 6-point halftime lead but struggled offensively and was outscored by a 37-20 margin in the 2nd half. Loyola (CHI) shot just 38.3% from the field and committed 19 turnovers in the loss. The Ramblers allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 44.0% from the field and was outrebounded by UNC Ashville by a 32-27 margin. Leading the way for Loyola (CHI) was Milton Doyle who had 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Milton Doyle (14.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.1 apg), Devon Turk (13.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg), and Earl Peterson (11.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.6 apg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 67.0 ppg on 43.9% shooting. The Ramblers average 6.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.83. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding opponents to an average of 64.3 ppg on 43.5% shooting. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The Bluejays are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. MVC opponents. The Ramblers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Creighton dropped a tough one on the road against Arizona State and although they have been shooting the ball well, the defense still is having trouble stopping opponents. Loyola (CHI) is talented defensively, however, outside of Milton Doyle, the Ramblers don’t have many consistent scorers on the offensive end. Creighton is still trying to find it’s identify since losing Doug McDermott and although they still can shoot, I think Loyola (CHI) will be able to contain the Bluejays shooters and score enough to keep this one close. I’m taking Loyola (CHI) and the points.