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Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs Northern Illinois Huskies Preview

Northern Illinois HuskiesLoyola of Chicago Ramblers
3-5December 18, 2013, 08:00 | Joseph J. Gentile Center5-5

The Loyola of Chicago Ramblers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Joseph J. Gentile Center on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.

The Ramblers currently sports a 5-5 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-7 ATS. The Huskies are 3-5 and 2-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Ramblers produce a 4-4 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Huskies have gone 1-5-1 against the number.

View Northern Illinois Huskies vs Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Ramblers installed as -7-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 165-ranked Ramblers and the No. 247-rated Huskies in this matchup.

In their last action, Northern Illinois was an 80-54 loser on the road against Massachusetts. They failed to cover the 21-point spread as underdogs. The Huskies were hammered by Massachusetts on Saturday, losing by an 80-54 final at Mullins Center in college basketball betting action.

Loyola of Chicago won its last outing, an 80-68 result against Campbell on December 13. Milton Doyle poured in a team-high 32 points for Loyola of Chicago on Friday, as they defeated Campbell 80-68 at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Loyola of Chicago has the nation's No. 201-rated offensive output, at 70.1 PPG. The visiting Huskies defense ranks No. 64 allowing on average 66.25 PPG. The Ramblers FG% has averaged 49.5% so far, more than the Huskies marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.8% per game.

Next up:
Northern Illinois at UC Riverside, Sunday, December 22nd
Loyola of Chicago at Fordham, Monday, December 23rd