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Bradley Braves face Loyola of Chicago Ramblers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Bradley BravesLoyola of Chicago Ramblers
9-14February 06, 2014, 08:00 | Joseph J. Gentile Center8-14

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Joseph J. Gentile Center Thursday as host Loyola of Chicago looks to handle the Bradley Braves in NCAA hoops action.

This season, the Ramblers are 8-14 overall and 8-11-1 ATS, while the Braves are 9-14 and 6-13-1 ATS. As for the totals, Loyola of Chicago boasts a 9-11 on the OU, and Bradley is 3-16.

View Bradley Braves vs Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Odds and Stats.

The Braves were listed as 4-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

This game matches up the No. 212 (Ramblers) and the No. 192 (Braves) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Bradley was a 74-61 loser in its last match on the road against Missouri State. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Walt Lemon, Jr. scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Braves to a win (they lost 74-61 to Missouri State at JQH Arena on Saturday).

Loyola of Chicago lost its last outing, an 81-76 result against Southern Illinois on February 1. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog. Milton Doyle scored 27 points for Loyola of Chicago on Saturday, but the Salukis managed an 81-76 victory over the Ramblers at SIU Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Loyola of Chicago's No. 214-ranked scoring average of 67.09 PPG, against a Braves defense rated No. 62 and allowing 66.48 PPG. The Ramblers FG% has averaged 48.19% to date this season, more than the Braves shooters have managed so far (42.65% per game).

A few Braves at Ramblers trends to consider:
Bradley is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
Bradley is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games
Bradley is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Bradley is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Loyola of Chicago is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Loyola of Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Loyola of Chicago's last 7 games
Loyola of Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Bradley home to Evansville, Sunday, February 9th
Loyola of Chicago at Illinois State, Sunday, February 9th