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Drake vs. Loyola (CHI) - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and Drake Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at The Knapp Center.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers look for a big victory after splitting their last eight games. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are averaging 68.2 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 60.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Clayton Custer is averaging 13.6 points and 2.8 assists while Cameron Krutwig is averaging 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. Marques Townes is the third double-digit scorer and Lucas Williamson is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 64.2 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.1 rebounds per game. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have split their last two road games.

The Drake Bulldogs look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Drake Bulldogs are averaging 78.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 75.3 points on 43 percent shooting. Nick McGlynn is averaging 15.9 points and 7.6 rebounds while Nick Norton is averaging 14 points and 5.9 assists. D.J. Wilkins is the third double-digit scorer and Brady Ellingson is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Drake Bulldogs are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Drake Bulldogs are allowing 28.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The Drake Bulldogs have won all six home games this season.

The Ramblers are 46-21-1 ATS in their last 68 road games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 15-4 ATS in their last 19 vs. Missouri Valley. The Bulldogs are 22-7-1 ATS in their last 30 home games, 14-3 ATS in their last 17 Saturday games and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 17-5 in Ramblers last 22 overall. The under is 5-2 in Bulldogs last 7 overall.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers aren't the same team they were last season, and they're running into a Drake squad that's pretty good offensively and is outscoring teams by 11.5 points at home. The Drake Bulldogs are also 10-2 ATS this season overall and 5-1 ATS as an underdog. Drake has yet to lose at home this season and Loyola-Chicago has scoring issues in non-home games. You can make a strong case the wrong team is favored in this contest. I'll take the free bucket with Drake, a game it probably wins outright. 

Pick:
Drake Bulldogs +2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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