Loyola-Chicago vs Davidson Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/6/24

Davidson (15-14) vs Loyola-Chicago (20-8)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Belk Arena)

Betting Odds: Davidson -1.5 - Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Davidson Wildcats will host the Loyola Chicago Ramblers for an Atlantic 10 matchup this Wednesday in Atlantic 10 play from the Belk Arena on ESPN+. Davidson comes in as narrow home favorites, with the total hovering 135.5. Stay tuned for our Loyola vs Davidson Prediction.  

Loyola Chicago Ramblers Preview

Loyola improved to 21-8 after defeating Dayton at home by five, 77-82. The Ramblers used a strong second period to down the Flyers, and they’ll look to bring the brooms out on the Wildcats this Wednesday. Loyola is currently second in the Atlantic 10 with a 13-3 record in league play. The Ramblers are 8-2 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 6-4 on the road this season. 

Loyola’s Impact Players

  • Columbus native Philip Alston posted a 21-point double-double in the road win over URI,  and he leads Loyola in scoring (12.8), while grabbing 4.4 rpg. 
  • Junior guard Des Watson has missed double figures in the straight games, but he still leads the Ramblers in rebounding (4.8).  
  • Veteran guard Braden Norris has dished out seven assists in four consecutive games, and he’s averaging 8.7 ppg and a team-high 4.9 apg. 

Davidson Wildcats Preview

Davidson fell to 15-14 after losing to UMass at home by two, 69-67. The Wildcats had their rally ended by the Minutemen, and they’ll try to respond here against the Ramblers.  Davidson is currently 12th in the Atlantic 10 with a 5-11 record in league play. they’re 4-5 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 9-6 at home this season.  

Davidson’s Impact Players

  • Veteran guard Grant Huffman has struggled over the last five games, but he still paces Davidson in scoring (13.1) and assists (5.1), while grabbing 5.0 rpg. 
  • Sophomore guard Reed Bailey posted a 23-point double-double in the Richmond defeat, and he leads the Wildcats in rebounding (5.9), while averaging 12.5 ppg.
  • Senior guard Connor Kochera poured in a season-high 29 points against St. Bonaventure, and he’s up to 12.2 ppg.  

Loyola vs Davidson Team Stats

  • Loyola is scoring 73.8 points per game, on 46.1% shooting, while allowing 66.6 ppg.
  • The Ramblers are averaging 65.0 possessions per game (151st), while shooting 35.7% from deep, and 69.3% from the stripe. 
  • Davidson is scoring 71.0 points per game, on 43.4% shooting, and allowing 67.4 ppg.
  • The Wildcats are averaging 65.0 possessions per game (359th), while shooting 32.1% from deep, and 73.0% from the stripe

Loyola vs Davidson Game Facts

  • Drake leads the current series, 92-68, after winning three of the last five meetings.  
  • LOY is 16-12 against the spread, with a 11-15-2 over/under record
  • DAV is 14-13 against the spread, with a 10-16-1 O/U record

Loyola vs Davidson Prediction

It took one season, but Loyola has left their mark in the Atlantic 10 this season, and I believe that trend will continue here in Carolina. Davidson has taken a step back this campaign, and although it will be their home finale, a hot Ramblers team is worth rolling the dice on as road underdogs here. Loyola has won 11 of their previous 13 games, and I like backing them versus a struggling Davidson team.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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