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Loyola Chicago vs George Mason Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Ramblers vs Patriots Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Loyola Chicago Ramblers at George Mason Patriots
- Where: Fairfax at EagleBank Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Loyola Chicago +6.5, LOYCH +219 | GMSN -278 O/U 131.5
Loyola Chicago will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs George Mason in order to snap their current 3 game losing streak. On the road, the Ramblers will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 2-4. So far, the Ramblers have been the underdog 4 times, going 1-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.
Philip Alston comes into today’s game as the Ramblers’ leading scorer at 13.79 points per contest. Not only has Alston been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Loyola Chicago’s top rebounder at 5.71 boards per contest. Behind Alston, the team has benefited from the strong play of Braden Norris, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.79 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.2% of his shots and is adding 2.5 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.
The George Mason Patriots head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 9-6. So far this season, George Mason has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Patriots as the -6.5 point favorites. The Patriots have been favored 9 times, going 7-2 straight up.
George Mason will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Victor Bailey Jr. who is averaging 13.13 points per game for the Patriots. Jr. 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 Patriots’ offensive game plan is the play of Josh Oduro who has hit 50.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.8 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, George Mason will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Patriots are ranked 216th at 70.7 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 427th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, George Mason is close to the NCAA average at 35.7%.
Free Spread Prediction: Loyola Chicago Ramblers +6.5
Heading into this matchup between the George Mason Patriots and Loyola Chicago Ramblers we have a strong lean on taking the points with Loyola Chicago at +6.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Loyola Chicago to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Loyola Chicago Ramblers at +6.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.
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