Loyola (CHI) vs. Evansville - 2/20/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Evansville at Loyola (CHI)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -11 -- Over/Under: 129
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The Evansville Purple Aces will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Evansville Purple Aces lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 10-17 (4-10 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Iowa Panthers, 73-58, this past Sunday. Evansville struggled on both ends of the court in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after the Panthers went into halftime with a 36-22 lead. Evansville allowed Northern Iowa to shoot 46.4% from the field and was outrebounded by the Panthers by a 37-25 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Purple Aces was K.J Riley who had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Evansville is averaging 70.3 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Purple Aces are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Evansville has been led by K.J. Riley (13.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Marty Hill (10.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 12 spg), Shea Feehan (9.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.1 apg), and John Hall (9.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.1 apg).
Defensively, Evansville is allowing their opponents to average 72.5 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Purple Aces have a rebound margin of -4.0 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 16-11 (9-5 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Missouri State Bears, 65-61, this past Sunday. Loyola-Chicago had no answers on the defensive end against the Bears and couldn’t fight back late after Missouri State took a 61-58 lead with :54 seconds left in regulation. Loyola-Chicago allowed Missouri State to shoot 63.2% from the field and 68.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Cameron Krutwig who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.
On the season, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 66.4 ppg on 49.6% shooting from the field. The Ramblers are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola-Chicago has been led by Marques Townes (15.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Cameron Krutwig (14.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 bpg), Clayton Custer (11.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), and Aher Uguak (5.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Loyola-Chicago is holding their opponents to an average of 60.9 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Purple Aces are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games following an ATS loss, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Ramblers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games.
Evansville has lost 8 of their last 9 games and come into this match-up ranked just 252nd in scoring offense, 279th in FG%, and 204th in scoring defense.
Loyola-Chicago has won 4 of their last 7 games and currently rank 317th in scoring offense, 6th in FG%, and 7th in scoring defense.
Loyola-Chicago might not be as dangerous of a team as we saw last season, however, they still have a bunch of talent in the trio of Townes/Krutwig/Custer and in my opinion, should have no trouble taking care of an Evansville team that has looked lost as of late and currently are just 1-11 on the road this season. Take Loyola-Chicago to cover this double-digit home spread.