Loyola-Chicago at Northern Iowa 2/26/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Northern Iowa Panthers (17-10) vs Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (22-6)
Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm (McLeod Center)
Betting Odds: Northern Iowa Panthers +2 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Loyola Chicago faces Northern Iowa on Saturday, February 26th, 2022 at the McLeod Center for a college basketball MVC matchup.
Loyola Chicago is coming off an 82-31 win over Evansville in its last game on February 23rd at home. It was a game that left most asking, how did Evansville even get the 31? Loyola Chicago's suffocating defense was too much for the Purple Aces and Loyola Chicago earned a massive 51-point win. Loyola Chicago has now won four of its last five games overall and currently holds a very strong 22-6 record overall. Loyola Chicago is also 13-4 in conference play and 10-16-1 against the spread this season. Loyola Chicago's leading scorer so far this season has been G Lucas Williamson, who has scored 13.6 points per game and has earned 4.8 assists per game as well. Loyola Chicago as a team has scored 73.9 points per game and has shot the ball at a 48.9% clip from the field. Loyola Chicago has also allowed 61.5 points per game to its opponents.
Northern Iowa is coming off an 88-82 win over Indiana State in its last game on February 23rd on the road. Northern Iowa is heating up as we near the end of the month, winning its last three games and beating a Missouri State team back on February 20th to stay tied with Loyola Chicago for first place in the Missouri Valley standings. Northern Iowa is now 17-10, 13-4 in conference play, and 11-14-1 against the spread this season. Northern Iowa's leading scorer so far this season has been G AJ Green, who has scored 18.6 points per game and has earned 2.2 assists per game. Northern Iowa as a team has scored 74.4 points per game and has shot the ball at a 46.4% clip from the field. Northern Iowa has also allowed 69.9 points per game to its opponents.
Loyola Chicago is a 2-point favorite and the total is set at 137.5. As well as Northern Iowa is playing down the stretch, I still think Loyola Chicago is the top dog in the MVC and will be able to prove that on Saturday with a strong road win. This should be a fantastic game and could be a potential MVC Title preview before Arch Madness. I will side with the Ramblers here.
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