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Saint Joseph's vs. Loyola-Chicago - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (7-5) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (5-5)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -3 -- Over/Under: 141
TV Channel
CBS Sports Network
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The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will travel to Hagan Arena to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-5 on the season after defeating the D-III Benedictine Eagles, 75-47, this past Tuesday. Loyola-Chicago dominated Benedictine on both ends of the court and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 40-26 halftime lead. Loyola-Chicago shot 61.7% from the field while holding the Eagles to just 32.7% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Cameron Krutwig who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 70.0 ppg on 50.2% shooting from the field. The Ramblers are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola-Chicago has been led by Clayton Custer (13.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Cameron Krutwig (13.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 bpg), Marques Townes (13.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.1 spg), and Cooper Kaifes (6.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, Loyola-Chicago is holding their opponents to an average 62.0 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks dropped to 5-5 on the season after being defeated by the 21st ranked Villanova Wildcats, 70-58, on December 8th. Saint Joseph’s had no answers on the offensive end for the Wildcats and couldn’t fight back after Villanova took a 62-40 lead with 8:49 left in regulation. Saint Joseph’s shot just 34.5% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was Lamarr Kimble who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

On the season, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 78.7 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Joseph’s has been led by Charlie Brown Jr. (22.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Lamarr Kimble (18.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), Jared Bynum (13.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 spg), and Taylor Funk (11.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is allowing their opponents to average 76.1 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -1.6 and a turnover margin of 3.1.

The Ramblers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 37-17 ATS in their last 54 games following a straight up win. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 36-17-2 ATS in their last 55 games following an ATS loss.

Loyola-Chicago still has a bunch of talent from last year’s team that went to the final four, however, the Ramblers continue to struggle to pick up wins against quality teams as their best win of the season so far probably has been on the road at UIC. Saint Joseph’s has also struggled agianst strong competition, however, do have a great one-two punch in Charlie Brown Jr. & Lamarr Kimble and currently rank T-87th in scoring offense and 38th in three-pointer made per game. We’ll have to make sure that Charlie Brown Jr. & Taylor Funk are active (both listed as probable currently) however, if they are, I think the Hawks do enough at home to cover this small spread.

Saint Joseph's Hawks -3

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