NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Ramblers underdogs vs Blue Demons at DePaul
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs DePaul Blue Demons Odds
Loyola of Chicago travels to DePaul on Saturday, hoping to boost its 8-3 record with a victory over the Blue Demons.
The Ramblers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 6-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Blue Demons are 6-3 ATS. Loyola of Chicago is 4-2 on the totals; DePaul is 3-5.
The Blue Demons were listed as 8-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Blue Demons rated this week at No. 100 and the Ramblers sitting at No. 230. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 75-71 result in favor of the Blue Demons.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Ramblers rank No. 205 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.5 per game. That compares with DePaul’s No. 62 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where DePaul is college basketball's No. 279-ranked team at 4.9 per game, while the Ramblers rate No. 121 with 6.6 per game.
Defensively, Loyola of Chicago features the nation's No. 17-rated defense on the road, allowing 59 points per game. DePaul, meanwhile, comes in at No. 65 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Loyola of Chicago was a 54-49 winner on the road against Saint Peter's. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Loyola of Chicago earned a 54-49 victory over Saint Peter's on Saturday, getting 17 points from Ben Averkamp at Yanitelli Center.
DePaul was a 69-61 winner in its last match at home against UMBC. DePaul got 24 points from Cleveland Melvin en route to a 69-61 victory over UMBC on Saturday at Allstate Arena.
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Valparaiso are 2-8
After playing Saint Peter's are 3-0
After a win are 5-5
DePaul Blue Demons Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Seton Hall are 0-9
After a win are 6-4
A few Ramblers at Blue Demons trends to consider:
Loyola of Chicago is 5-18 SU in its last 23 games on the road
DePaul is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
DePaul is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
DePaul is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Loyola of Chicago
Loyola of Chicago at Valparaiso, Wednesday, January 2
DePaul home to Seton Hall, Wednesday, January 2