Loyola Chicago Ramblers at UIC Flames Betting Prediction

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The UIC Flames (3-4) will be at home in UIC Pavilion when they square off with the Loyola Chicago Ramblers (4-3). Action begins at 4:12 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Loyola Chicago Ramblers vs. UIC Flames ATS Odds

Both teams lost in their last contest. The Flames fell to the Saint Joseph’s Hawks, 89-75, while the Ramblers were defeated by the fifth-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack, 79-65.

Loyola Chicago had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (above their season average of 18.2) while UIC held Saint Joseph’s to an effective field goal percentage of 0.442 (below their season average of 0.552). UIC was led by Tarkus Ferguson, who contributed 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Marques Townes had a good outing for Loyola Chicago, finishing with 24 points and nine rebounds.

The Ramblers won the lone contest between these two teams last year, 85-61. The Ramblers’ turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Flames. Loyola Chicago had a rate of 11.5, while UIC posted a mark of 24.9.

This contest should be a matchup of conflicting tempos. Since last season, UIC has preferred to play quickly (40th in possessions per game), while Loyola Chicago has been slower-paced (335th in possessions per game). Furthermore, the Ramblers’ ninth-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.574) will face off against the Flames’ 21st-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.466).

Loyola Chicago Ramblers vs. UIC Flames Pick

Free Pick: SU Winner – UIC, ATS Winner – Loyola Chicago, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Loyola Chicago ranks 15th in rebounds allowed per game (30.9) while UIC ranks 261st (37.1).
  • The Ramblers average 6.5 steals per game, which ranks 118th in the nation. The Flames rank 241st in steals allowed per game (7.0).
  • UIC ranks 218th in three pointers attempted per game (20.7) while Loyola Chicago ranks 283rd (18.7).
  • The Flames rank second in blocks per game (6.3) while the Ramblers rank 236th (2.6).
  • Loyola Chicago ranks 45th in assists allowed per game (11.5) while UIC ranks 274th (15.0).