Bradley vs. Loyola-Chicago - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bradley vs. Loyola-Chicago - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (20-10) at Bradley Braves (20-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Carver Arena)

The Line: Bradley Braves -3 -- Over/Under: 131

TV: CBSSN

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and the Bradley Braves meet in MVC college hoops action from the Carver Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will try to catch up to Northern Iowa at the top of the MVC standings, sitting a game back at 12-5 in conference play after a 64-60 win over Drake last time out. Cameron Krutwig leads the Ramblers with an average of 15.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG and 4.2 APG while Tate Hall has 13.1 PPG and Keith Clemons has 9.9 PPG in 22 games this season. As a team, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 68.6 points on 50% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 65.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62.2 points on 44% shooting from the field and 36.6% from 3-point range this season. Loyola-Chicago is 4-6 straight up and 2-7-1 against the spread on the road this season.

The Bradley Braves will try to catch up to the Ramblers in the standing, sitting at 11-6 in conference play after a 74-71 win over Illinois State last time out. Darrell Brown leads the Braves in scoring and assists with 14.7 PPG and 4.5 APG while Elijah Childs has 14.4 PPG and 8.7 RPG in 18 games this season. Nate Kennell has 12.6 PPG while Koch Bar has 7.4 RPG for the Braves this year. As a team, Bradley is averaging 71.7 points on 43.9% shooting from the field, 36.8% from 3-point range and 73% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.1 points on 39.2% shooting from the field and 31% from 3-point range this season. Bradley is 15-1 straight up and 10-5 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

I’ve gone back and forth on this game, as Loyola’s been playing at the level of the teams that have made the tournament in years past and Bradley isn’t far off. However, the Ramblers’ play hasn’t followed up on the road, as the Ramblers have covered just twice in ten road games this season. Numbers like that aren’t going to cut it against a Bradley team that by far plays their best at home, going 15-1 SU and 10-5 ATS on home soil this season. The Braves can also pull even with Loyola if they can get a win here, so I’ll lay the bucket with the Braves here.

Chris’s Pick Bradley -3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.