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Evansville vs. Loyola (CHI) - 1/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Loyola (CHI) at Evansville
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ford Center
Evansville, Indiana
The Line
Evansville Purple Aces +6 O/U: 128.5
TV Channel
CBSS
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The Loyola Ramblers and the Evansville Purple Aces will meet up on the college basketball court Tuesday.

Loyola enters this game at 9-6 overall this year. The Ramblers are 4-1 across their last five outings, falling to Saint Joseph’s while beating Norfolk State, Benedictine IL, Indiana State and Drake during that time.

In the win over the Bulldogs, Loyola’s Marques Townes put up 28 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead the team. Also in double-figures for the Ramblers there were Clayton Custer (26 points; four assists) and Cameron Krutwig (13 points; six rebounds; six assists).

Over on the Evansville side, they’re 7-8 this season. The Purple Aces are 2-2 over their last four outings, beating Green Bay and Drake during that time while falling to Miami OH and Illinois State.

In the loss to the Redbirds, Evansville’s Marty Hill and Evan Kuhlman each had 14 points, with seven rebounds and two assists between them as the only Aces players in double-figures.

The Ramblers are 4-0 ATS in their last four overall and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 versus the Missouri Valley. Loyola is 47-21-1 ATS in their last 69 road games and 35-16 in their last 51 following an ATS win.

Meanwhile, the Aces are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five overall. Evansville is 3-1-1 ATS in their last five Tuesday games and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 following a straight-up loss.

Loyola is something of an odd team this year, and if you look at their final scores the Ramblers aren’t very consistent from game to game. That said, Loyola has had a couple of good outings since being stifled for just 42 points versus Saint Joseph’s.

Evansville comes up mired in offensive slumps just as often however (perhaps more so), and considering that the line here looks just about right. I’m going to go with the Ramblers on a slim cover here, but the under looks like the most intriguing play to me.

Pick:
Loyola Ramblers -6

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