North Texas Mean Green (4-3) at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (6-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
The Line: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -8 -- Over/Under: 133 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The North Texas Mean Green and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers meet in college basketball action from Joseph Gentile Arena on Saturday night.
The North Texas Mean Green come into this one looking to add to their 4-3 record after a 110-78 win over subdivision LSU-Alexandria in their last outing. Javion Hamlet leads the Mean Green in scoring and assists with 12.1 PPG and 6.3 APG while James Reese is 2nd on the team in scoring with 10.3 PPG and Zachary Simmons is North Texas’ 3rd and final double-digit scorer coming into this game, averaging 10.1 PPG as well as a team-high 7.3 RPG this season. Thomas Bell isn’t far off from being 4th in that group with 9.6 PPG and 6 RPG and neither is Mardrez McBride, who has 9.1 PPG for the Mean Green this season. As a team, North Texas is averaging 79.9 PPG on 50% shooting from the field, 41.3% from 3-point range and 70% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.4 PPG on 41.7% shooting from the field and 34.9% from 3-point range this season.
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will look to add to their 6-2 start to the year after routing Illinois State by a final score of 86-55 last time out. Cameron Krutwig leads the Ramblers in scoring and rebounding, logging team-highs of 17.4 PPG and 6.6 RPG this season as the lone double-digit scorer for the Ramblers this season. Tate Hall just missed out on joining with 9.8 PPG as did Lucas Williamson who had 9.6 PPG as well as a team-high 2.9 APG and 4.4 RPG this season. Braden Norris also has 8.6 PPG and 2.9 APG of his own for Loyola-Chicago this season. As a team, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 80.6 PPG on 54.4% shooting from the field, 42.5% from 3-point range and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 60.9 PPG on 41.5% shooting from the field and 36.4% from 3-point range this season.
North Texas is 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog while the under is 34-16-2 in their last 52 road games against a team with a winning home record. Loyola-Chicago is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record while the over is 14-3 in their last 17 games overall.
I think you could make a case for either side here as both are really good defensively and are pretty good in terms of covering the number. However, for Saturday’s matchup with a level of unfamiliarity between the two, I’m going to side with the under. I think both sides will take a defensive approach to this game and we could see a game where the first to 65 wins. Give me the under here.