Loyola Chicago at Valparaiso - 2/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Loyola Chicago at Valparaiso - 2/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by MATT DAYHOFF/JOURNAL STAR / USA TODAY NETWORK

Valparaiso Beacons (11-14) vs Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (19-5)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

Betting Odds: Valparaiso Beacons +9.5 -- Over/Under: 130 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Loyola Chicago Ramblers will travel to play the Valparaiso Beacons in a MVC game on Wednesday night.

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers are 19-5 (10-3) this season and have won three of their last four games. Loyola Chicago is coming off of a win against Northern Iowa by a score of 85-58. Loyola Chicago shot 63.6% from the field and made 14 three pointers in the win. Lucas Williamson led the Ramblers with 18 points and 6 assists in the game. Loyola Chicago is averaging 74.3 points per game and is giving up 62 points per game against, while also averaging 33.3 rebounds per game and 15.4 assists per game. Lucas Williamson is averaging 13.5 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game, while Braden Norris is averaging 10.1 points per game and 4.2 assists per game for the Ramblers. Loyola Chicago is shooting 49% on field goals, 71.2% on free throws, and 38.9% on three pointers.

The Valparaiso Beacons are 11-14 (4-9) this season and have lost four of their last five games. Valparaiso lost to Missouri State by a score of 84-66 in their last game. Valparaiso allowed their opponent to shoot 50.9% from the field and gave up 12 made three pointers in the loss. Ben Krikke led the Beacons with 20 points and 6 rebounds in the game. Valparaiso is averaging 71.6 points per game and is giving up 71.4 points per game against, while also averaging 32.4 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game. Ben Krikke is averaging 14.7 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game, while Kobe King is averaging 14.6 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Beacons. Valparaiso is shooting 45.6% on field goals, 75.5% on free throws, and 33.3% on three pointers.

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Loyola Chicago is 10-4-4 ATS in their last 18 road games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games. The under is 13-3 in Loyola Chicago’s last 16 games as a road favorite. Valparaiso is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games against a team with winning road record. The over is 4-0 in Valparaiso’s last 4 games. The road team is 15-5-1 ATS in these two teams last 21 head to head meetings.

Loyola Chicago comes into this game in first place in the MVC standings and has played terrific defense this season. Valparaiso has struggled this year and is allowing over 71 points per game against. Valparaiso has lost by double-digits quite a few times this year and I think it will happen again here. I like the Ramblers.

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David’s Pick Loyola Chicago -9.5

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