Wichita State vs. Loyola of Chicago - 1/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (9-11) at Wichita State Shockers (14-5)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)
The Line: Wichita State Shockers -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers will travel to Charles Koch Arena to take on the 22nd ranked Wichita St. Shockers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers improved to 9-11 (2-6 MVC) on the season after defeating the Drake Bulldogs, 68-63, this past Saturday. In a close game throughout, Drake couldn’t get late three-pointers to fall by Reed Timmer or Billy Wampler and the Ramblers were able to secure the win hitting late FT’s. Loyola (CHI) shot 48.9% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Ramblers held the Bulldogs to 40.4% shooting from the field and was outrebounded by the Bulldogs by a 34-29 margin. Leading the way for Loyola (CHI) was Montel James who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Milton Doyle (11.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.2 apg), Montel James (11.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg), and Earl Peterson (9.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 62.6 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field and 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Ramblers average 5.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.91. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 62.9 ppg on 42.9% shooting. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of -3.8 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
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The 22nd ranked Wichita St. Shockers won their 9th straight game and improved to 14-5 (8-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Bradley Braves, 88-54, this past Saturday. Wichita St. made quick work of Bradley and had little trouble securing the victory after gaining a 44-21 halftime lead. Wichita St. shot 49.2% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 20-4 margin. The Shockers allowed the Braves to shoot 43.9% from the field and outrebounded Bradley by a 39-24 margin. Leading the way for Wichita St. was Fred VanVleet who had 13 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. On the season, the Shockers have been led by Ron Baker (15.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg), Fred VanVleet (12.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.9 spg), and Landry Shamet (8.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg). Offensively, Wichita St. is averaging 74.2 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field and 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Shockers average 7.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.37. Defensively, Wichita St. is holding their opponents to an average of 61.9 ppg on 40.8% shooting. The Shockers have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of 5.7.
The Ramblers are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 road games however, just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Shockers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Loyola (CHI) has played better as of late but has really struggled offensively this season as they are currently ranked 335th in scoring offensive and 240th in FG %. Wichita St. has been outstanding since the beginning of MVC play and although this is a large spread, I think the Shockers defense will be hold the Ramblers to between 45-55 points and that they’ll cover this large spread at home. Take Wichita St. to cover.