Check out our free Loyola Chicago vs Saint Joseph’s pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Loyola Chicago vs Saint Joseph’s Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Ramblers vs Hawks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Loyola Chicago Ramblers at Saint Joseph’s Hawks
  • Where: Philadelphia at Hagan Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Loyola Chicago +2, LOYCH +110 | STJOE -135 O/U 141.0

Ramblers Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Loyola Chicago Ramblers are in the middle of a 5 game losing streak and have an overall record of 6-10. On the road, the Ramblers will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 2-5. So far, the Ramblers have been the underdog 6 times, going 1-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.

Philip Alston comes into today’s game as the Ramblers’ leading scorer at 14.44 points per contest. Not only has Alston been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Loyola Chicago’s top rebounder at 5.62 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 11.06 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.7% of his shots and is adding 2.56 boards per game.

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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.

Hawks Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Loyola Chicago, the Saint Joseph’s Hawks will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 6-10. So far this season, Saint Joseph’s has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-7. The Hawks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, Saint Joseph’s has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 5-1.

Saint Joseph’s’ leading scorer this season is Erik Reynolds Jr., who is averaging 17.44 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 24.05% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.94 rebounds per game and 2.81 assists. Cameron Brown is the second leading scorer for the Hawks, averaging 14.25 points per game. Between him and Brown, they are accounting for 43.7% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Saint Joseph’s this season, as they are currently ranked 310th in college basketball at 67.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Hawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 280th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Saint Joseph’s Hawks -2

If you are eying this matchup between Loyola Chicago Ramblers and Saint Joseph’s Hawks as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Saint Joseph’s to cover the spread as -2 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Saint Joseph’s shooting well enough to keep the Ramblers at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Hawks’ to win the game and cover the spread.

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