Niagara Purple Eagles (0-0) vs Loyola Chicago Ramblers (1-1)Date : 11/14/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Joseph J. Gentile Center, Chicago, Illinois
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Niagara Purple Eagles vs Loyola Chicago Ramblers
The Niagara Purple Eagles will travel to Joseph J. Gentile Center in Chicago, Illinois, to battle the Loyola Chicago Ramblers on Wednesday night at 8 pm EST. The Purple Eagles will play their first game of the year in this matchup after an early first round exit from the College insider.com Postseason Tournament last year by the Eastern Michigan Eagles by an 83-65 score. They do, however, return some experience as their hopes are to have a decent season in 2018-19.
The Ramblers of Loyola Chicago moved to 1-1 on the season as they suffered a 60-58 home loss versus the Furman Paladins as Clay Mounce hammered in a slam dunk in the last seconds of the contest to get the two-point victory for the visitors. Both teams were cold from the field in this game as they each shot well under 40% while the Ramblers were only 15% from three-point range. This will be the first ever meeting amongst these squads.
Niagara Purple Eagles's Latest Performance :
Niagara was decimated by graduation last year yet returns an experienced senior-laden group in 2018 that can certainly make a run within the MAAC. Forward Marvin Prochet (10 ppg, 8 reb) will be the top returner for the team while Forward Dominic Robb (7 ppg, 4 reb) will also be relied upon to step up during their season seasons. On the other hand, Chris Barton (5 ppg), James Towns (9 ppg, 2 ass), along with Kaleaf Tate (5 ppg) will also be the tip of the spear on the perimeter for a Niagara team that will certainly be looking to get out and run in 2018.
After finishing last year at 19-14 for the year, they finished strong within the MAAC in going 12-6 for the year and ending in third place. The Purple Eagles will look to equal or surpass their success from last year despite the offensive production lost during graduation.
Loyola Chicago Ramblers's Latest Performance :
While the Ramblers have played great defense thus far in the season in allowing just 53 points per outing, their offense has been a huge disappointment in 2018 in averaging just 67 points per game. This was the case in their last outing as they suffered a 60-58 loss at home versus the Furman Paladins as they shot only 37% from the field along with 15% from three-point range for the contest. On the other hand, their defense was solid as usual with the Paladins going 38% for the day while hitting just six of 22 threes for the night.
The Ramblers labored throughout the game to score while their defense consistently kept them in the game. As this has been the case throughout the season, they will look to get back on track versus a Niagara team has struggled on the defense end all year in losing their first two games of the season by at least 13 points.
How Niagara Purple Eagles & Loyola Chicago Ramblers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Niagara is 0-0 ATS while the OU is 0-0
Loyola Chicago is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 0-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting game in that you have a Ramblers team that will certainly be looking to to get back on track in the win-loss columns versus a Niagara team that has struggled out of the gate in 2018. Also, the home team will certainly be look to atone for a huge loss at home to Furman in their last time out. With that being the case, look for each team to come out with an incentive to win, however, expect the home team to take much more advantage of their opportunities on both ends throughout this matchup.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Illinois Chicago Ramblers
My reason for the pick :
I will back the home team in this matchup as Niagara is simply not playing well at this point. I will stop short of stating that they are a bad team, yet, if their first two games are any indication of what this team will be this year, Niagara fans should be hanging their heads by early December. Nonetheless, look for the Ramblers to put some points on the board in this contest on Wednesday while also locking down Niagara on defense to get the win.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in four of the last five games for the Ramblers. And since I happen to feel strongly that they will certainly possess the bulk of the momentum in this contest, look for the under to be the play in this matchup. Again, Niagara has struggled on both ends of the court and with the Ramblers looking to perform more consistent on offense, they will certainly take advantage of this vulnerability. Nonetheless, the total will not surpass its mark in what will be an exciting, yet low scoring affair.
Betting trends for Niagara Purple Eagles:
- The Purple Eagles are 1-4 ATS in last five games
- The Purple Eagles are 2-3 ATs in last five road games
- The over is 8-2 in Purple Eagles last ten games
Betting trends for Loyola Chicago Ramblers:
- The Ramblers are 7-2 ATS in last nine games
- The Under is 8-1 in Ramblers last nine games