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College baskeball point spread favors Crusaders in battle with Ramblers

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

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Odds

20-7TEAM RECORD14-12

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Loyola of Chicago and Valparaiso on Tuesday, with the host Ramblers trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Ramblers are 14-12 so far on the season, and 12-12 ATS vs. the number. The Crusaders, meanwhile, are 20-7 and 15-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Loyola of Chicago go 14-6 and the Crusaders go 12-10 on the totals.

View Valparaiso vs Loyola of Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Loyola of Chicago in this one found them as 6-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Ramblers at No. 222 and the Crusaders at No. 100 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 73-66 result in favor of the Crusaders.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Loyola of Chicago has the nation's No. 276-rated offensive output, at 62.8 PPG. The visiting Crusaders defense ranks No. 71 allowing on average 62 PPG. The Ramblers FG% has averaged 43.7% so far, less than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.5% per game.

Defensively, Valparaiso features the nation's No. 121-rated defense on the road, allowing 67 points per game. Loyola of Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 245 nationally in scoring at home.

Valparaiso lost its last outing, an 84-74 result against Detroit on February 16. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Valparaiso suffered an 84-74 loss against Detroit on Saturday, getting 18 points from Matt Kenney in a losing effort at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Loyola of Chicago was a 69-60 winner in their most recent outing at home against Illinois-Chicago. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Loyola of Chicago got 23 points and 11 rebounds from Christian Thomas en route to a 69-60 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Kent State are 1-0
After playing Illinois-Chicago are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

A few Crusaders at Ramblers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 5 games on the road
Valparaiso is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Loyola of Chicago's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Loyola of Chicago's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Loyola of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Valparaiso
Loyola of Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Valparaiso home to Eastern Kentucky, Saturday, February 23
Loyola of Chicago home to Kent State, Saturday, February 23