NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Ramblers underdogs vs Crusaders at Valparaiso
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds
The Valparaiso Crusaders will be trying to slam the Loyola of Chicago Ramblers on Wednesday when the teams tip off at Athletics-Recreation Center in college betting action.
The Crusaders currently sports a 10-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-5 ATS. The Ramblers are 9-3 and 7-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Crusaders produce a 2-7 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Ramblers have gone 4-3 against the number.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Ramblers were listed as 9-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 155 (Crusaders) and the No. 213 (Ramblers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 72-68 result in favor of the Crusaders has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Valparaiso's No. 216-rated squad against Loyola of Chicago's No. 229-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Valparaiso rates No. 103 in the country with 6.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 120 nationally with 6.7 per match.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Loyola of Chicago owns the country's No. 20-rated mark, allowing 59.4 points per game on the highway. Valparaiso, on the other hand, rates No. 110 in scoring at home.
Loyola of Chicago won its last outing, a 69-61 result against DePaul on December 29. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. The Ramblers got 24 points from Cully Payne as Loyola of Chicago ran past DePaul 69-61 on Saturday at Allstate Arena.
Last time out for Valparaiso, they were a 66-64 winner as they battled Murray State on the road. They covered in the match as a 4-point underdog. Ryan Broekhoff scored 18 points leading the Crusaders to a 66-64 victory over Murray State at CFSB Center on Saturday.
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Youngstown State are 2-8
After playing DePaul are 4-1
After a win are 6-4
Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland State are 8-2
After playing Murray State are 0-1
After a win are 5-5
A few Ramblers at Crusaders trends to consider:
Loyola of Chicago is 6-18 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Valparaiso is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Loyola of Chicago
Valparaiso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Loyola of Chicago home to Youngstown State, Saturday, January 5
Valparaiso home to Cleveland State, Friday, January 4