Loyola vs. Valparaiso - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Valparaiso Crusaders (17-15) at Loyola Ramblers (21-10)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Loyola Ramblers -5 -- Over/Under: 132
The Valparaiso Crusaders and the Loyola Ramblers meet in college basketball action from Scottrade Center on Friday.
Coming into this Missouri Valley Tournament matchup, Valparaiso sits at 17-15 overall. Just ahead of tournament time Valparaiso fell to Indiana State February 29, but eked out a three-point win over Evansville on Thursday in the first round.
In the win over Evansville, Valparaiso’s Donovan Clay put up 16 points to lead the team, along with two blocks, seven rebounds and a steal. Ben Krikke was also in double-digits there with 10 points, five rebounds and a steal.
Over on the Loyola side, they’re sitting at 21-10 this year. Loyola had a four-game win streak snapped by Missouri State, but since then they’ve taken out Drake and Bradley in their last two games.
In the win over Bradley, Loyola’s lead scorer was Cameron Krutwig with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Lucas Williamson posted 15 points with two boards and one assist there, and Her Uguak doubled up on 11 points, 11 rebounds and two assists.
Loyola is 9-24-1 ATS in their last 34 Friday games and the over is 6-1 in their last seven overall. Loyola is 2-5 ATS in their last seven as a favorite and the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 after an ATS win.
Meanwhile, Valparaiso is 4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 after an ATS loss. Valparaiso is 6-2 ATS in their last eight overall and the under is 58-28-1 in their last 87 as an underdog.
Loyola’s recent performance has been pretty solid; they’re 6-1 in the last seven games, with the only blemish being a 12-point road loss to Missouri State. It’s worth noting that Loyola has been at 67 or fewer points in each of their last three games however, and they’ve been playing it pretty close in their last couple of victories.
In any case, Valparaiso had some trouble shaking off Evansville on Thursday, and the Crusaders have put up just 58 points in both of their last two games. I don't have a ton of confidence in them right now. This one probably isn’t going to get crazy total-wise, and I’m leaning toward Loyola taking the cover.