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Loyola favored by 4.5 against Manhattan on Thursday

Manhattan JaspersLoyola Greyhounds
Jan 5, 7:30 PM | Reitz Arena

Manhattan Jaspers vs Loyola Greyhounds Odds

9-6TEAM RECORD9-4

A key college battle sees the visiting Jaspers travelling to Loyola Thursday to take on the Greyhounds on Thursday.

The Jaspers will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 9-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Greyhounds are 2-5 ATS. Manhattan is 7-6 on the totals; Loyola is 2-5.

View Manhattan vs Loyola Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Greyhounds as 4.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 201-ranked Greyhounds and the No. 139-rated Jaspers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 73-70 win for the Jaspers on Thursday.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Loyola has the nation's No. 172-rated offensive output, at 68.5 PPG. The visiting Jaspers defense ranks No. 145 allowing on average 65.7 PPG. The Greyhounds FG% has averaged 42% so far, more than the Jaspers marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.8% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Manhattan owns the country's No. 196-rated mark, allowing 72.1 points per game on the highway. Loyola, on the other hand, rates No. 164 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Manhattan was an 88-77 loser at home against Rider. They failed to cover the 10.5–point spread as favorites. Manhattan got 19 points from Kidani Brutus but lost anyway, 88-77, to Rider on Monday at Draddy Gymnasium.

In their last action, Loyola was a 66-61 loser at home against Niagara. They failed to cover the 12–point spread as favorites. Loyola got 23 points from Justin Drummond but lost anyway, 66-61, to Niagara on Monday at Reitz Arena.

Manhattan Jaspers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Fairfield are 4-6
After playing Rider are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Loyola Greyhounds Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Canisius are 5-5
After playing Niagara are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few Jaspers at Greyhounds trends to consider:
Manhattan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Manhattan is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Loyola
Manhattan is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Loyola is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Manhattan
Loyola is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Loyola is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Loyola is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Manhattan

Next up:
Manhattan home to Fairfield, Sunday, January 8
Loyola home to Canisius, Saturday, January 7

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