Northern Iowa Panthers at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
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The Northern Iowa Panthers and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers meet in MVC college basketball action from the Gentile Center on Saturday night.
The Northern Iowa Panthers will look to add space at the top of the MVC standings after improving to 11-2 in conference play with a sixth straight win coming in the form of a 71-63 win over Illinois State last time out. AJ Green leads the Panthers in scoring and assists with 20.2 points and 3.1 assists per game while Trae Berhow is 2nd in scoring with 14.1 points per game and Austin Phyfe is 3rd averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Northern Iowa is averaging 76.8 points on 48.5% shooting from the field, 40.2% from behind the 3-point line and 77% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.8 points per game on 41.5% shooting from the field and 32.4% from behind the 3-point line this season. Northern Iowa is 7-2 straight up and 7-2 against the spread on the road this season.
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will try to make up some ground on the Panthers, sitting at 9-4 in conference coming in on back-to-back wins with a 73-66 win over Evansville last time out. Cameron Krutwig leads the Ramblers with an average of 15.2 points, 8 rebounds and 4.2 assists while Tate Hall is Loyola-Chicago’s only other double-digit scorer this year, averaging 12.9 points per game for the Ramblers this season. As a team, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 67.9 points per game on 49.8% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 66.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 61.2 points on 43.8% shooting from the field and 36.1% from 3-point range this season. Loyola-Chicago is 11-2 straight up and 7-5 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get that Loyola-Chicago is at home where they’ve by far played their best ball of the season and the Ramblers could use a win here to get one step closer to UNI in the standings, but the problem for me is that Northern Iowa is just playing better basketball right now. Northern Iowa has been solid in their own right on the road this season, and I just think the Panthers have enough going for their to pick up a win on the road in this pick ‘em scenario. I’ll side with Northern Iowa on the road here.