Chicago State Cougars vs Loyola Ramblers Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago State Cougars vs Loyola Ramblers
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Joseph J. Gentile Arena in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago State (+34)
The Chicago State Cougars (0-5) head to Joseph J. Gentile Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Loyola Ramblers (1-0). The line on this matchup has Loyola as 34-point favorites. The over/under opens at 139.
Chicago State enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 0-5 so far this year. They are turning it over 16.2 times per contest and as a group are committing 23.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Chicago State is grabbing 24.8 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 51 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 128th in the country in terms of passing. The Cougars are shooting 25.0% on shots from beyond the arc (29 of 116) and 66.7% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 53.0 pts per contest (295th in the country) while going 33.8% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Cougars are able to force 12.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.0 fouls. They are 296th in the nation in allowing assists with 90 relinquished on the year. The Cougars defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 52.3% (157 of 300) and they relinquish 43.4 rebounds per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 39.8% on shots from downtown while they are 290th in college hoops in PPG allowed (88.8).
The Chicago State Cougars faced the Northwestern Wildcats and took a loss by a score of 111-66 in their last contest. Chicago State walked away from the game having earned a 36.4% FG percentage (24 out of 66) and knocked down 9 of their 34 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Cougars made 9 of their 13 attempts for a percentage of 69.2%. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they earned 23 with 2 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 16 assists in this matchup as well as getting 6 steals and 2 rejections. When talking about the defense, Chicago State let their opponent shoot 36.4% from the floor on 24 of 66. Northwestern recorded 28 dimes and 6 steals for this contest. In addition, the Wildcats snagged 53 boards (13 offensive, 40 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Northwestern finished the game at 75.7% from the free throw line by knocking down 28 of 37 tries. They knocked down 11 out of their 24 attempts from distance.
Xavier Johnson is someone who saw a lot of action in the matchup. He ended up scoring 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 minutes played and pulled down 2 rebounds. Johnson finished the game shooting 46.2% from the field and totaled 6 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Cougars was Isaiah Lewis. He totaled 2 rebounds and tallied 5 assists. He shot 36.4% from the floor for the matchup via 4-of-11 (11 points). Overall, Lewis was on the court for 31 minutes.
Loyola has a win-loss mark of 1-0 on the year. Loyola has 76 pts on the season and they collect 41 boards per game. The Ramblers are committing 14 personal fouls per game while shooting 57.1% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Ramblers are shooting 52.9% from the floor, which is 73rd in the country. They are assisting teammates 18 times per game (46th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 12 times per contest. The Ramblers on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in college basketball in PPG given up with 48. They are able to force 12.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 31.1% from the field (5th in the nation). The Loyola defense gives up 36.4% on 3-point shots (4 of 11) and their opponents are making 60.0% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 8 assists and 31 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 21st and 51st in those categories on the defensive end.
In their last game, the Loyola Ramblers walked away with a victory by a final of 76-48 when they played the Lewis University Flyers. The Ramblers recorded 31 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 36 for this game. They also blocked 4 attempts while getting 3 steals in the game. The Flyers were called for 22 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Ramblers to the charity stripe for 21 shots. They were able to make 12 of the free throws for a rate of 57.1%. In terms of 3-point shots, Loyola converted 10 of 25 tries (40.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Ramblers finished the game shooting 27 out of 51 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.9%. The Ramblers allowed the Flyers to convert 19 of 61 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 31.1% for the contest. They shot 36.4% from downtown by connecting on 4 of 11 and finished the game at 6 out of 10 at the free throw line (60.0%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Loyola permitted Lewis to get 29 overall (6 on the offensive side).
Tate Hall ended up being important for the Ramblers for the matchup. He converted 6 out of 10 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 60.0%, which gave him 17 points. Hall snagged 2 rebounds in his 22 minutes and added 2 dimes in the game. An additional guy who saw a lot of court time for Loyola was Lucas Williamson. He accumulated 10 points in his 21 minutes on the hardwood by way of 3 out of 4 from the floor in this contest. Williamson wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the field and also earning 2 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago State (+34)
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