Loyola Ramblers vs Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction, 3/18/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Loyola Ramblers vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Loyola (-2)
The Loyola Ramblers (25-7) are on their way to PPG Paints Arena on Friday where they will meet the Ohio State Buckeyes (19-11). Loyola opens this game as 2-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is 132.5.
The Loyola Ramblers faced off with Drake and took home the win by a score of 64-58 in their last contest. Loyola walked away from the game having earned a 37.5% field goal percentage (21 of 56) and converted 5 out of their 22 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Ramblers knocked down 17 of 24 attempts for a rate of 70.8%. When talking about hauling in boards, they collected 41 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 11 dimes for the matchup while creating 11 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In relation to defending, Loyola allowed 35.6% from the field on 21 out of 59 shooting. Drake distributed 11 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. In addition, Drake had 37 rebounds (11 offensive, 26 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Drake finished the contest at 61.1% at the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of 18 tries. They buried 5 of their 20 attempts from beyond the arc. In relation to personal fouls, the Ramblers ended up finishing with 22 and Drake accumulated 22 personal fouls.
Lucas Williamson is one guy who came through in the matchup. He racked up 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 37 mins played and also pulled down 10 boards. He finished 50.0% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes.
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Loyola will enter this matchup with a mark of 25-7 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 73.8 pts per game (104th in Division 1) while connecting on 48.3% from the field. The Ramblers are connecting on 38.3% on shots from distance (285 of 745) and 71.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Loyola is snagging 34.0 rebounds per contest and has earned 480 dimes for the year, which ranks 53rd in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 12.2 times per game and as a team are committing 17.2 fouls per game.
When they are on defense, the Ramblers are forcing 13.4 turnovers per game and they draw 17.1 personal fouls. They give up 31.4% on 3-point shots while they are 18th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (61.7). The Ramblers defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.9% (707 of 1,727) and they surrender 30.9 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 12th in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 297 conceded so far this year.
For their last game, the Ohio State Buckeyes took a defeat with a final score of 71-68 against Penn State. In reference to cleaning up the glass, Ohio State permitted Penn State to pull down 27 in total (5 on the offensive glass). They went 31.6% from beyond the arc by hitting 6 out of 19 and finished the game at 15 out of 20 from the charity stripe (75.0%). The Buckeyes allowed Penn State to convert 25 out of their 54 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 46.3% for this contest. In all, the Buckeyes finished shooting 23 out of 52 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.2%. In terms of shots from distance, Ohio State made 7 of their 18 attempts (38.9%). They were able to make 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 88.2%. Penn State had 15 personal fouls in the game which got the Buckeyes to the free throw line for 17 shots. They also turned the ball over 8 times, while earning 4 steals for this game. The Buckeyes pulled down 20 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 26 for this game.
E.J. Liddell ended up being a factor for the Buckeyes in this contest. He knocked down 6 of 14 in this contest giving him a rate of 42.9%, and had 8 rebounds. He recorded 25 points in his 37 minutes of playing time and added 1 assist in the game.
Ohio State has a record of 19-11 so far this year. As an offensive team, the Buckeyes are shooting 47.4% from the floor, which has them ranked 32nd in the nation. Ohio State has 2,214 points on the campaign (73.8 per game) and they average 34.4 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 12.8 times per game (187th in the nation) and they cough up possession 11.0 times per contest. The Buckeyes are committing 16.4 fouls per game and they hit 76.0% from the free throw line.
The Ohio State defense allows 34.0% on 3-pointers (210 of 618) and their opponents are making 73.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 11.6 dimes and 32.0 rebounds per game, which is ranked 101st and 54th in college hoops. The Buckeyes on defense are ranked 161st in college basketball in PPG allowed with 68.5. They are able to force 10.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.9% from the floor (109th in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Loyola (-2)
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