Loyola-Chicago vs. Northern Iowa - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola-Chicago vs. Northern Iowa - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Iowa Panthers (22-3) at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (17-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

The Line: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers 0 -- Over/Under: 130.5

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The Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola Chicago Ramblers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Northern Iowa Panthers won their 6th straight game and improved to 22-3 (11-2 MVC) on the season after defeating the Illinois State Redbirds, 71-63, this past Wednesday night. Northern Iowa led by a 40-33 margin at halftime and had no trouble pulling away for the victory after taking a 63-51 lead with 8:40 left in regulation. Northern Iowa shot 48.2% from the field and 44.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was AJ Green  who had 27 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Northern Iowa is averaging 76.8 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 40.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Iowa has been led by AJ Green (20.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 apg), Trae Berhow (14.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Austin Phyfe (10.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, Northern Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 6.7 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 17-9 (9-4 MVC) on the season after defeating the Evansville Purple Aces, 73-66, this past Wednesday. Loyola Chicago led by a 45-34 margin at halftime and although Evansville made it a game in the 2nd half, the Ramblers were able to pull out the victory after closing out the final 3:49 of regulation on a 12-4 run. Loyola Chicago shot 47.4% from the field and 43.8% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Lucas Williamson who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

On the season, Loyola Chicago is averaging 67.9 ppg on 49.8% shooting from the field. The Ramblers are averaging 5.6 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Chicago has been led by Cameron Krutwig (15.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Tate Hall (12.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg), and Lucas Williamson (9.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Loyola Chicago is holding their opponents to an average of 61.2 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of 2.9.

The Panthers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Loyola Chicago. The Ramblers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games and come into this game with a 11-14 ATS record on the season.

Northern Iowa has been led by their offense which comes into this game ranked 46th in scoring offense, 11th in FG%, and 4th in 3P-FG%.

Loyola Chicago doesn’t put up many points, however, the Ramblers are a solid shooting team that ranks 5th in FG% and really can get at you on the defensive and as Loyola Chicago currently ranks 11th in scoring defense and 34th in turnover margin.

Northern Iowa was able to pull out a 67-62 OT victory at home earlier in the season, however, I was impressed how the Ramblers defense on the road was able to limit the Northern Iowa offense to just three points over the final 7:34 left in regulation to force OT. Loyola Chicago is an impressive 11-2 at home this season and as I think Cameron Krutwig is going to have a big game in this one, I think Loyola Chicago picks up a big victory at home and wins this pick-em. Good Luck!

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