Loyola (CHI) Ramblers (15-16) vs. Wichita State Shockers (23-7)
|Date & Time||Friday March 4, 2016, 1:00 PM (EST)|
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The Wichita State Shockers will play the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers in the second round of the MVC Tournament.
The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers are 15-16 (7-11) and are the #8 seed in the MVC tournament. Loyola won their first game of the MVC tournament against Bradley by a score of 74-66. Loyola is averaging 64.5 points per game while giving up 65 points per game. Loyola is also averaging 30.5 rebounds per game and 11.5 assists per game. Montel James is averaging 12.4 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game for Loyola. Milton Doyle is averaging 11.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Ramblers. Loyola is shooting 73.6% on free throws, 34.4% on three-pointers, and 42.8% on all field goal attempts.
The Wichita State Shockers are 23-7 (16-2) and are the #1 seed in the MVC tournament. Wichita State finished the regular season by winning their last 5 games and is coming off of a win against Illinois State by a score of 74-58. Wichita State has defeated Loyola twice this season by scores of 76-54 and 80-54. Wichita State is averaging 74.2 points per game while giving up 59.4 points per game. Wichita State is also averaging 37.2 rebounds per game and 14.6 assists per game. Ron Baker is averaging 13.9 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game for Wichita State. Fred VanVleet is averaging 12.3 points per game and 5.8 assists per game for the Shockers. Wichita State is shooting 71.5% on free throws, 33.5% on three-pointers, and 43.8% on all field goal attempts.
Loyola is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Friday games. Loyola is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The over is 5-0 in Loyola’s last 5 Friday games. Wichita State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games. Wichita State is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. The under is 6-2-1 in Wichita State’s last 9 games. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 meetings.
Wichita State is the top team in the MVC and should be able to win this game with no problem. Wichita State plays very good defense and has the rebounding advantage in this matchup. I like Wichita State to win big here.