Navy vs Loyola-Maryland Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/21/24

Loyola-Maryland (6-21) vs Navy (8-17)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Reitz Arena)

Betting Odds: Loyola-Maryland +1.5 - Over/Under: 129.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Navy Midshipmen will make the in-state trip to meet the Loyola (MD) Greyhounds in Patriot League play this Wednesday from the Reitz Arena on ESPN+. Navy leads the head-to-head series, 22-11, and they come in as 1.5-point road favorites, with the total hovering 129.5. Stay tuned for our Navy vs Loyola Prediction. 

Navy Midshipmen Preview

Navy dropped to 8-17 after losing to Boston U on the road, 74-65. The Midshipmen weren’t able to overcome a slow start in Beantown, and they’ll attempt to bounce back here in regional action against the Greyhounds. Navy is scoring 66.3 points per game, on 39.2% shooting, while allowing 65.1 ppg, and they’re currently 9th in the Patriot League with a 4-10 record in conference play. 

Navy’s Impact Players

  • Sophomore guard Austin Benigni went for a game-high 19 points in the Boston U matchup,  and he leads the Midshipmen in scoring (16.0) and assists (3.&).
  • Second-year forward Donovan Draper struggled with foul trouble again versus the Terriers,  but he still leads the Midshipmen in rebounding (9.2), while averaging an identical  9.3 ppg.
  • Richmond native Mac MacDonald scored 16 points in the January 31st matchup with Loyola, and he’s third on the team at 8.6 ppg.  

Loyola (MD) Greyhounds Preview

Loyola dropped to 6-21 after losing to Lehigh on the road by five, 75-70. The Greyhounds were edged out late by the Mountain Hawks, and they’ll look to complete the season sweep of the Midshipmen here at home. Loyola is scoring 66.1 points per game, on 43.5% shooting, while allowing 74.3 ppg, and they’re currently last in the Patriot League with a 4-10 record in conference play. 

Loyola (MD) Impact Players

  • Baltimore native Deon Perry poured in a game-high 30 points in the January win over Navy, and he leads the team in scoring (17.4). 
  • Veteran forward Golden Dike posted a 21-point double-double in the win over Lafayette, and he leads the Greyhounds in rebounding (6.@), while scoring 8.1 ppg. 

Navy vs Loyola (MD) Trends

  • NAVY is 7-15-2 against the spread, with a 14-10 over/under record
  • The Midshipmen are 2-8 over their last ten games, and they’re 1-12 on the road this season. 
  • LOY is 10-16 against the spread, with a 15-11 O/U record
  • The Greyhounds are 3-7 over their previous ten games, and they’re 1-9 in Baltimore this season. 

Navy vs Loyola (MD) Prediction

Last place will be up for grabs in the Patriot League this Wednesday, as Navy and Loyola have both been passed around in conference play. The Midshipmen were off to a bright start before things went left quickly, and they’ve now dropped eight straight games. The Greyhounds came out of the gate sluggish, but they’ve managed to scrape together victories over American, Navy and Lafayette over the last pair of weeks. It’s very hard to back a team that’s lost eight consecutive outings, and with Loyola guard Deon Perry scoring at a high clip right now, it may be best to hope for a win for the hosts here in this battle for sole possession of the doormat. If you’re approaching this in-state battle, back Loyola to cover.

Corey’s Pick Loyola TO COVER

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