The Loyola Chicago Ramblers (7-1) will attempt to continue a six-game home winning streak when they square off against the UIC Flames (2-4) at Joseph J. Gentile Center. Loyola Chicago is a 10-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 148 points. Action gets underway at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
UIC Flames at Loyola Chicago Ramblers Betting Preview
In the Flames last outing, they got blown out by the Troy Trojans, 87-66. UIC’s Marcus Ottey put together a good performance, putting up 11 points. Troy’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over UIC. The Trojans had a rate of 0.600 (above their season average of 0.536), while the Flames posted a mark of 0.450.
The Ramblers are trying to rebound after their 87-53 loss to the Boise State Broncos in their last matchup. With 12 points, Loyola Chicago’s Clayton Custer played well. Boise State held the Ramblers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 8.1 (below their season average of 26.4). Loyola Chicago, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.105 vs. 0.081).
Contrasting tempos will be on display in this meeting. UIC ranks 25th in possessions per game (73.8) while Loyola Chicago is 275th (67.8) since last season.
Both of these teams have a tendency to finish over the projected point total. Games including UIC have gone over 75.0 percent of the time, while 80.0 percent of Loyola Chicago games have gone over. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Ramblers have a sizable advantage. They are 7-1 SU and 3-2 ATS, while the Flames are 2-4 SU and 0-4 ATS.
The Ramblers won the only game against the Flames last season, 81-75. Loyola Chicago had a much better turnover percentage (13.2 vs. 25.7). UIC, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (39.5 vs. 15.8).
UIC Flames at Loyola Chicago Ramblers Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Loyola Chicago, ATS Winner – UIC, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Ramblers rank 68th in assists per game (15.2) while the Flames rank 238th in assists allowed per game (14.4).
- UIC ranks 29th in rebounds per game (39.3) while Loyola Chicago ranks 307th (32.0).
- The Flames rank 12th in blocks per game (5.3) while the Ramblers rank 236th (2.5).
- Loyola Chicago ranks 84th in steals allowed per game (5.7) while UIC ranks 263rd (7.5).