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Ramblers open as college hoops underdog vs Purple Aces

Loyola of Chicago RamblersEvansville Purple Aces
7-10January 18, 2014, 02:05 | Ford Center8-10

The visiting Loyola of Chicago Ramblers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Ford Center against the Evansville Purple Aces.

The Purple Aces sport a record of 8-10 and 6-7 ATS heading into this battle, while the Ramblers have 7-10 and 4-11 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-5 for the Purple Aces and 7-8 for the Ramblers.

View Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Evansville Purple Aces as -5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Purple Aces - Ramblers odds would favor the Ramblers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Evansville is rated No. 336 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Loyola of Chicago is at No. 204.

In their last action, Loyola of Chicago was a 70-60 winner at home against Drake. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Ramblers got a terrific 28-point effort from Milton Doyle as Loyola of Chicago defeated Drake 70-60 on Wednesday at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

Evansville was a 79-78 loser in its last match on the road against Illinois State. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. Evansville got 22 points from D.J. Balentine but lost anyway, 79-78, to Illinois State on Wednesday at Redbird Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Evansville has the nation's No. 153-rated offensive output, at 72.06 PPG. The visiting Ramblers defense ranks No. 73 allowing on average 66.88 PPG. The Purple Aces FG% has averaged 47.15% so far, less than the Ramblers marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.71% per game.

A few Ramblers at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Loyola of Chicago is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Loyola of Chicago is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Loyola of Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Evansville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Evansville's last 5 games
Evansville is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home
Evansville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Loyola of Chicago home to Indiana State, Wednesday, January 22nd
Evansville at Missouri State, Tuesday, January 21st