Youngstown State Penguins home to Loyola of Chicago Ramblers in NCAA Basketball betting action
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs Youngstown State Penguins Odds
The Youngstown State Penguins will try to cover the spread at Beeghly Center on Thursday when they get a visit from the Loyola of Chicago Ramblers in NCAA basketball action.
The Ramblers will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 10-11 ATS against the number this season, while the Penguins are 7-10-1 ATS. Loyola of Chicago is 12-5 on the totals; Youngstown State is 8-6-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 83-ranked Penguins and the No. 208-rated Ramblers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-68 win for the Penguins on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Youngstown State's No. 88 nationally ranked offense (71.2 points per game) against a Ramblers defense that sits as the No. 42 at 60.4 PPG. The Penguins have been averaging 42.8% from the field, less than the Ramblers have managed so far this season (44.1% on average).
Defensively, Loyola of Chicago features the nation's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.1 points per game. Youngstown State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 74 nationally in scoring at home.
Loyola of Chicago lost its last outing, a 62-59 result against Wright State on February 4. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. Loyola of Chicago got 13 points from Christian Thomas but lost anyway, 62-59, to Wright State on Monday at Nutter Center.
Last time out for Youngstown State, they were a 66-60 loser as they battled Cleveland State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Bobby Hain scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Penguins to a win (they lost 66-60 to Cleveland State at Wolstein Center on Tuesday).
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 1-9
Before playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing Wright State are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6
Youngstown State Penguins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Illinois-Chicago are 4-6
After playing Cleveland State are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few Ramblers at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Loyola of Chicago's last 8 games when playing on the road against Youngstown State
Loyola of Chicago is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Youngstown State
Youngstown State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Youngstown State's last 7 games when playing Loyola of Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Youngstown State's last 8 games when playing at home against Loyola of Chicago
Youngstown State is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Loyola of Chicago
Loyola of Chicago at Wisc-Milwaukee, Tuesday, February 12
Youngstown State home to Illinois-Chicago, Sunday, February 10