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Loyola of Chicago Ramblers home to Crusaders in NCAAB betting action

Valparaiso CrusadersLoyola of Chicago Ramblers
Jan 19, 8:00 PM | Joseph J. Gentile Center

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Odds

12-7TEAM RECORD5-12

The Ramblers will try to cover the spread at Joseph J. Gentile Center on Thursday when they get a visit from the Valparaiso Crusaders in college basketball action.

Loyola of Chicago battles the Crusaders, currently sitting with a 12-7 mark (8-8 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-11 for the Ramblers and 8-8 for the Crusaders.

View Valparaiso vs Loyola of Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Crusaders are listed as 4.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Ramblers - Crusaders odds would favor the Crusaders if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Loyola of Chicago is rated No. 214 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Valparaiso is at No. 180. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 69-60 win for the Crusaders.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Loyola of Chicago's No. 337-ranked offense, averaging 55.6 PPG, against a Crusaders defense that ranks No. 240 at 69.7 PPG. The Ramblers field goal percentage has averaged 40.7% so far, less than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.9% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Valparaiso owns the country's No. 277-rated mark, allowing 75.4 points per game on the highway. Loyola of Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 335 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Valparaiso was a 72-66 winner at home against Cleveland State. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. Valparaiso earned a 72-66 victory over Cleveland State on Sunday, getting 23 points from Kevin Van Wijk at Athletics-Recreation Center.

In their last action, Loyola of Chicago was a 58-51 loser on the road against Illinois-Chicago. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Loyola of Chicago suffered a 58-51 loss against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, getting 21 points from Walt Gibler in a losing effort at UIC Pavilion.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Illinois-Chicago are 5-5
After playing Cleveland State are 9-0
After a win are 5-5

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Butler are 6-4
After playing Illinois-Chicago are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

A few Crusaders at Ramblers trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Loyola of Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Loyola of Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso
Loyola of Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso
Loyola of Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Valparaiso at Illinois-Chicago, Saturday, January 21
Loyola of Chicago home to Butler, Saturday, January 21

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