Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Ramblers vs Crusaders CBB Odds
Looking for Loyola-Chicago Ramblers vs. Valparaiso Crusaders NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Ramblers taking on the Crusaders on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Ramblers Crusaders matchup.
(15-9) Loyola-Chicago Ramblers vs. Valparaiso Crusaders (13-11)
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM ET
Venue: Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -3
CBB Betting Total: 120.5
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This Missouri Valley Conference game will feature the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and the Valparaiso Crusaders.
These teams met last month in January, where the Ramblers easily won 71-54. The Ramblers will now be looking to complete the season sweep and pad their lead in the conference standings.
The Ramblers are currently 8-3 in the Missouri Valley and are in first place by one game. They are looking to increase this lead in hopes they can return to the NCAA tournament after making a Final Four run last year.
The Ramblers are by no means an explosive offense since they are only averaging 67.5 points per game. They have relied on their great shooting this season and are 7th best in the country at 49.7%. One area they need to improve in is rebounding. They are 344th in this category an average 30.5 boards per game. Controlling the rebounding battle will be crucial if they are going to sweep the Crusaders.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Ramblers are 9th in the country in points allowed. This number is 61.2. Also, while they do not rebound the ball all that well, they do a great job of limiting their opponents. They are 10th in the country as they allow 27.2 rebounds per game. Keeping the Crusaders of the boards will go a long way for the Ramblers to pick up their 9th conference win.
The Crusaders finally snapped a four game losing streak when they beat Illinois State in their last game. They are now 6-5 in the Missouri Valley and are just two games out of first place. A win over the Ramblers would not only be an upset, but it would be a huge boost for this team in terms of seeding in the conference tournament that will take place in early March.
Looking at the Crusaders most recent losing streak, we see that they were scoring in the 50’s in all four losses. Then came the game at Illinois State where they scored 69 points an ended up winning by double-digits. With that being said, the key for the Crusaders is to break the 60 point threshold. The Ramblers are a very good defensive team, so the Crusaders need to get off to a fast start if they are going to win.
In the first meeting with Loyola-Chicago, the Crusaders allowed 71 points. This time around they will need to do a better job at contesting shots. If the Crusaders can keep this game in the low 60’s, they will put themselves in a very good position to win.
CBB Betting Trends:
- L-IL are 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 Sun. games.
- L-IL are 35-17-1 ATS in their last 53 road games.
- VALP are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.
- Road team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Free Loyola-Chicago Ramblers vs. Valparaiso Crusaders NCAAB Prediction:
Loyola-Chicago wins this game on the road and they increase their lead in the Missouri Valley.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -3
The Ramblers easily won the first meeting with Valparaiso in January and the same will happen again as they will win and cover this game.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Loyola-Chicago 68 – Valparaiso 59
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