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Northern Iowa vs. Loyola (CHI) - 2/27/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola (CHI) at Northern Iowa
Date & Time Wednesday February 27, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
McLeod Center
Cedar Falls, Iowa
The Line
The Line: Northern Iowa -1.5 -- Over/Under: 124
TV Channel
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Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and Northern Iowa Panthers meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the McLeod Center.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers could use a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are averaging 65.7 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 61.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Marques Townes is averaging 15.6 points and 3.6 assists while Cameron Krutwig is averaging 14.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Clayton Custer is the third double-digit scorer and Lucas Williamson is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27.7 rebounds per game. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have lost four of their last five road games.

The Northern Iowa Panthers look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 65.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 67.1 points on 45 percent shooting. AJ Green is averaging 15.3 points and 2.1 assists while Wyatt Lohaus is averaging 9.8 points and 2.6 rebounds. Trae Berhow is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Isaiah Brown is dishing 1.8 assists. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Iowa Panthers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.3 rebounds per game. The Northern Iowa Panthers have won six of their last seven home games.

The Ramblers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Panthers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Missouri Valley and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Ramblers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Northern Iowa and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Panthers last 6 Wednesday games. The under is 21-8 in Ramblers last 29 road games.

The home team has won seven of the last nine meetings between Loyola-Chicago and Northern Iowa, and the last two meetings have been decided by a combined five points. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have had their issues on the road this season where they lose by an average of 4.9 points and average just 57.8 points overall. The Northern Iowa Panthers have won four straight and are shooting 47.1 percent from the field while winning their last five games by an average of 10.6 points. The Ramblers are just 1-3 ATS this season as an underdog. I'll lay the bucket with Northern Iowa.

Northern Iowa -1.5

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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