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Valparaiso vs. Loyola (CHI) - 2/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola (CHI) at Valparaiso
Date & Time Sunday February 10, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Athletics-Recreation Center
Valparaiso, Indiana
The Line
Valparaiso Crusaders +2.5 O/U: 123
TV Channel
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The Loyola Ramblers and the Valparaiso Crusaders will meet up on the college basketball circuit Sunday.

Loyola enters this one at 15-9 on the year. The Ramblers have won three of their last four games, dropping to Illinois State and taking out Southern Illinois, Northern Iowa and Drake in that stretch.

In the win over Drake, Loyola guard Marques Townes was the top scorer with 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Cameron Krutwig added 19 points with nine rebounds for the Ramblers in that one, and Clayton Custer chipped in 14 points.

Over on the Valparaiso side, they’re 13-11 this year. Following a four-game losing streak versus Indiana State, Drake, Missouri State and Evansville, the Crusaders managed a win versus Illinois State in their last game.

In the win over the Redbirds, Valparaiso’s Javon Freeman led the team with 27 points five rebounds and four assists. The only other Crusader in double-figures there was Derrik Smits with 16 points and five rebounds.

Loyola is 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 Sunday games and 20-9 ATS in their last 29 versus the Missouri Valley. The Ramblers are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 after an ATS win and 35-17-1 ATS in their last 53 road games.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 after an ATS win and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 after a straight-up win. Valparaiso is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six Sunday games.

Loyola has been a pretty sketchy team this season, but overall they’ve had much improved results during the new calendar year. The Ramblers have had a couple scoring duds lately however, such as a 70-35 blowout from Missouri State.

The last time these teams met was a 71-54 win for the at-home Ramblers, and I don’t see a big swing in the other direction due to the home lift here—especially considering Valparaiso hasn’t hit 70 points in any of their last five outings. I’m going to stick with Loyola on the cover.

Loyola Ramblers -2.5

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