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Loyola-Chicago vs. Drake - 2/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (13-12) at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (19-5)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

The Line: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 139 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Extra

We have some Missouri Valley Conference action on the hardwood Wednesday night, as the Drake Bulldogs face off against the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in a college basketball matchup.

The Drake Bulldogs will look to build some momentum after snapping a 3 game losing streak with a 78-68 road win over Bradley in their last outing. Reed Timmer led the Bulldogs with 32 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 4 threes and a 12 of 14 mark from the foul line. Nick McGlynn came 2nd with 14 points on 6 of 12 shooting with a pair of blocks while Jalen Gibbs added 10 points in 11 minutes to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Drake in the win. C.J. Rivers also added 4 points with team-highs of 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the win, while De’Antae McMurray chipped in 6 points with 3 steals. Timmer is Drake’s leads in scoring with 18.5 points per game while Rivers leads the Bulldogs with an average of 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Drake is scoring 74.5 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 37.9% from behind the arc and 77.7% from the foul line this season.

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Loyola-Chicago vs. Drake - 2/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will look to keep their momentum going to stay atop the MVC standings following their 8th win in 9 tries, a 97-75 victory over Missouri State in their last outing. Clayton Custer led the Ramblers with 23 points on 9 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 6 assists. Marques Townes came 2nd with 14 points and 6 rebounds while Cameron Krutwig chipped in 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds in just 18 minutes. Andre Jackson added 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting while Donte Ingram and Ben Richardson each added 11 points to finish off the double digit scoring for the Ramblers in the win. Ingram went 4 of 10 with 3 triples, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Richardson shot 4 of 5 with 3 triples of his own. Cameron Satterwhite added 7 rebounds and 4 assists of his own in the winning effort for Loyola-Chicago. Townes leads the Ramblers with an average of 11.4 points and 2.5 assists per game while Krutwig leads Loyola-Chicago on the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Loyola-Chicago is scoring 73.5 points per game while boasting the 4th-best field goal percentage in the country at 51.2%, along with the 9th-best 3-point percentage at 41.6% and a 72.7% mark from the foul line this season.

Drake is 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games while the under is 18-6 in their last 24 games following a win. Loyola-Chicago is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 conference matchups while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams. 

Drake’s win over Bradley was impressive, especially on the road, but let’s not forget that the Bulldogs also got beat down on the road by Northern Iowa on the road by 14 points, and UNI is dead last in the conference. Loyola-Chicago is the team in much better form, both SU and ATS, and I think the Ramblers make a statement with a big time double digit win here.

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