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Rhode Island vs Loyola-Chicago Basketball Picks 2-18-24

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (17-7) vs. Rhode Island Rams (11-13)
February 18, 2024 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Rhode Island Rams +4; Over/Under: +147.5
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The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and the Rhode Island Rams meet in college basketball action from the Ryan Center on Sunday afternoon. Who comes out on top in this A-10 showdown? Let’s dive in and find out with our Loyola-Chicago vs. Rhode Island Prediction.

Loyola-Chicago Team Preview

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers come into this one looking to build on their five-game win streak after a 64-59 win over Saint Joseph’s last time out. Desmond Watson leads the Ramblers in scoring with 13.2 PPG along with 4.5 RPG and 2.3 APG while Philip Alston has 12.6 PPG and 4.2 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Loyola-Chicago up to this point in the year. Braden Norris has 8.8 PPG with 3.2 RPG and a team-high 4.6 APG to lead the Ramblers in assists this season. Miles Rubin has a team-high 4.8 RPG to lead the Ramblers on the glass. As a team, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 73.8 PPG on 46.1% shooting from the field, 35.9% from three and 70% from the foul line this season.

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Rhode Island Team Preview

The Rhode Island Rams come into this one looking to bounce back after an 81-79 loss to UMass last time out. Jaden House leads the Rams in scoring with 15.3 PPG along with 3.5 RPG while David Green has 15.2 PPG along with 5 RPG in 11 games. Luis Kortright has 10.5 PPG with 3.6 RPG and a team-high 3.5 APG to lead the Rams in the assist department and Zek Montgomery has 10.1 PPG with 4.2 RPG to round out the scoring in double figures for the Rams so far this season. David Fuchs also has a team-high 6.8 RPG to lead Rhode Island on the glass this season. As a team, Rhode Island is averaging 74.1 PPG on 47% shooting from the field, 36.4% from three and 64% from the foul line this season.

Loyola-Chicago vs. Rhode Island Prediction

I’m leaning towards Loyola-Chicago here. I just think the Ramblers are the better team with a rock solid defense and they’ve been playing some of the best basketball I’ve seen them play in the last couple of years and I think they get themselves a win and cover here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Loyola-Chicago -4

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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