The Loyola Chicago Ramblers (3-0) are off to a hot start and will try to stay unbeaten when they go head-to-head against the Samford Bulldogs (1-2) at Joseph J. Gentile Center. Loyola Chicago opened as a 7.5-point favorite, while the games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 151 points. Action gets underway at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 19, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
Samford Bulldogs vs. Loyola Chicago Ramblers Betting Preview
In the Bulldogs last contest, they lost big to the LSU Tigers, 105-86. Samfords Demetrius Dyson put together a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 21 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Converting at the free throw line was one of LSUs largest advantages. They were 19-20 (95.0 percent), while the Bulldogs were just 9-13 (69.2 percent).
The Ramblers hope to keep it rolling after defeating the UMKC Kangaroos in their last matchup, 66-56. With 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting, Clayton Custer was the games high scorer. The Ramblers had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.544 vs. 0.373) and had a much better free throw rate (0.378 vs. 0.273).
The productive offense of Loyola Chicago will square off against the mid-tier defense of Samford. Since the 2016-17 season, the Ramblers rank 85th in offensive efficiency, while the Bulldogs are 261st in defensive efficiency. The Ramblers figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
The Bulldogs have had records of 20-17 straight up (SU) and 16-15 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Games featuring Samford have finished over the projected point total 58.1 percent of the time since last season.
On the other hand, the Ramblers, have records of 21-14 SU and 17-12 ATS since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total low when Loyola Chicago has been involved over that same time frame as 62.1 percent of their games have gone over the projected point total.
Samford Bulldogs at Loyola Chicago Ramblers ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Loyola Chicago, ATS Winner – Samford, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Ramblers rank 36th in rebounds allowed per game (32.2) while the Bulldogs rank 179th (35.4).
- Loyola Chicago ranks 230th in blocks per game (2.5) while Samford ranks 240th (2.4).
- Loyola Chicago ranks 46th in three pointers allowed per game (18.9) while Samford ranks 292nd (24.6).
- The Ramblers rank 61st in assists allowed per game (11.8) while the Bulldogs rank 296th (16.9).
- Loyola Chicago ranks 66th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Samford ranks 230th (6.9).