Kent State Golden Flashes take on Ramblers in NCAA basketball test
Kent State Golden Flashes vs Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Odds
The visiting Kent State Golden Flashes hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Joseph J. Gentile Center against the Loyola of Chicago Ramblers.
This season, the Ramblers are 14-13 overall and 12-13 ATS ATS, while the Golden Flashes are 14-12 and 12-8-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Loyola of Chicago boasts a 15-6 on the OU, and Kent State is 13-7.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Ramblers rated this week at No. 222 and the Golden Flashes sitting at No. 149. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 69-68 result in favor of the Golden Flashes.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Loyola of Chicago's No. 271-ranked offense, averaging 63.3 PPG, against a Golden Flashes defense that ranks No. 220 at 68.2 PPG. The Ramblers field goal percentage has averaged 43.8% so far, more than the Golden Flashes marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.4% per game.
Defensively, Kent State features the nation's No. 128-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.5 points per game. Loyola of Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 233 nationally in scoring at home.
Kent State lost its last outing, a 78-75 result against Ohio on February 16. They covered in that game as a 10.5-point underdog. Chris Evans scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Flashes to a win (they lost 78-75 to Ohio at Ohio University Convocation Center on Saturday).
In their last action, Loyola of Chicago was an 85-76 loser at home against Valparaiso. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Loyola of Chicago got 15 points from Christian Thomas but lost anyway, 85-76, to Valparaiso on Tuesday at Joseph J. Gentile Center.
Kent State Golden Flashes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Buffalo are 8-2
After playing Ohio are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Valparaiso are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6
A few Golden Flashes at Ramblers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kent State's last 5 games on the road
Kent State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Loyola of Chicago's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Loyola of Chicago's last 9 games
Loyola of Chicago is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
Loyola of Chicago is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Kent State home to Buffalo, Wednesday, February 27
Loyola of Chicago at Detroit, Tuesday, February 26