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DePaul vs Loyola Chicago Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 3rd Betting Odds
Blue Demons vs Ramblers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: DePaul Blue Demons at Loyola Chicago Ramblers
- Where: Chicago at Joseph J. Gentile Arena
- Date: Saturday, December 3rd
- Betting Odds: DePaul +1.5, DEPAUL +105 | LOYCH -129 O/U 137.0
Blue Demons Preview:
DePaul heads into this matchup having played 7 games and have an overall record sitting at 4-3. So far, the Blue Demons have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 1-2. For the season, DePaul has been the underdog in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 0-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Blue Demons being +1.5 point underdogs.
DePaul will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Javan Johnson who is averaging 17.14 points per game for the Blue Demons. Johnson 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 Blue Demons’ offensive gameplan is the play of Umoja Gibson who has hit 39.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.57 points per game.
On offense, DePaul is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.3 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 7 games, they have only hit 31.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.31% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Heading into today’s matchup vs DePaul, the Loyola Chicago Ramblers will be taking the floor for the 8th time this season and have an overall record of 3-4. So far this season, Loyola Chicago has played 4 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-2. The Ramblers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Loyola Chicago has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 3-3.
Philip Alston comes into today’s game as the Ramblers’ leading scorer at 13.0 points per contest. Not only has Alston been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Loyola Chicago’s top rebounder at 5.86 boards per contest. Behind Alston, the team has benefited from the strong play of Ben Schwieger who is second on the team in scoring at 10.83 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.1% of his shots and is adding 2.67 boards per game.
Coming into the game, Loyola Chicago is averaging 73.8, which is 122nd in the college basketball. A strength of the team’s offensive attack is their ability to knock down shots from deep. So far, the Ramblers are 61st in 3-point shooting percentage (38.2%). In terms of pace, Loyola Chicago perfers to slow the game down, averaging just 65.2 possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Loyola Chicago Ramblers -1.5
According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the DePaul Blue Demons and Loyola Chicago Ramblers is to get money down on the Loyola Chicago to win an cover as -1.5 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the home team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 8.91 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the Loyola Chicago Ramblers at -1.5.
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