Check out our free Army vs Loyola Maryland pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Baltimore. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Army vs Loyola Maryland Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Black Knights vs Greyhounds Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Army Black Knights at Loyola Maryland Greyhounds
- Where: Baltimore at Reitz Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: Army +1, ARMY -111 | LOYMD -110 O/U 138.5
Black Knights Preview:
The Army Black Knights will be looking to pick up their 16th win of the season and are in the middle of a 3 game win streak. On the road, the Black Knights will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 3-5. So far, the Black Knights have been the underdog 5 times, going 2-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Army’s leading scorer this season is Jalen Rucker who is averaging 14.4 points per contest. So far, Rucker has accounted for 18.88% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.4 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists. Coleton Benson is the second leading scorer for the Black Knights, averaging 12.73 points per game. Between him and Benson, they are accounting for 35.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Army this season, as they are currently ranked 228th in college basketball at 70.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Black Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.3%, placing them 352nd in the NCAA.
The Loyola Maryland Greyhounds head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 5-10. So far this season, Loyola Maryland has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-4. The Greyhounds’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Loyola Maryland has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 2-2.
Loyola Maryland will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kenny Jones who is averaging 10.8 points per game for the Greyhounds. Jones is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Greyhounds’ offensive gameplan is the play of Jaylin Andrews who has hit 44.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.33 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Loyola Maryland this season, as they are currently ranked 353rd in college basketball at 66.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Greyhounds’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.9%, placing them 369th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Loyola Maryland Greyhounds -1
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1 point betting favorites. Although Loyola Maryland as a team is just 203rd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Black Knights’ defense. At -1 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Greyhounds to come out on top and cover.
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