Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Hawks versus the Ramblers? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on NBCS. The game will be played at Joseph J. Gentile Arena in Chicago, IL. The over/under for this game is set at 150.5 points, and Loyola Chicago is favored by -4 vs. Saint Joseph’s in a Atlantic 10 conference matchup.

SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS VS LOYOLA CHICAGO RAMBLERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Saint Joseph’s Hawks +4

This game will be played at Joseph J. Gentile Arena at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, February 14th.

WHY BET THE SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Ramblers.
  • Even though we have Loyola Chicago winning straight-up, we like Saint Joseph’s at +4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 150.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Hawks Defense Show Up in Chicago?

Coming off an 87-86 win over Saint Louis, Saint Joseph’s will look to build on their 16-8 record as they head to Loyola Chicago as four-point underdogs. The Hawks have gone 6-5 in Atlantic 10 play and 10-3 in non-conference action.

So far, Saint Joseph’s has gone 4-5 on the road, and their average scoring margin in these games is -1.3. On the other hand, they have gone 12-3 at home, where their average scoring margin is +11.5.

As the underdog this season, Saint Joseph’s has gone 3-3 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Hawks have an ATS mark of 7-3. On the road this year, Saint Joseph’s is 5-4 vs. the spread and they are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 road games.

This season, the over/under record for Saint Joseph’s games is 14-9-1, and today’s over/under line of 150.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (146.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 171 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 8-2.

In their recent matchup, the Saint Joseph’s offense ended with 87 points against Saint Louis. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 43.9% and made 11 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Xzayvier Brown with 27 points. Cameron Brown also added 23 points for the Hawks.

Currently, the Hawks’ defense holds the 151st rank in the nation, allowing 71.6 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Saint Joseph’s’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.5% this season.

Can the Loyola Chicago Offense Score Enough at Home?

After winning their last game against George Washington by a score of 81-73, Loyola Chicago comes into this game with a record of 17-7. They have won their last four games and have a record of 9-2 in Atlantic 10 games. At home this season, the Ramblers have a record of 10-4, and their average scoring margin at home is +7.1 points per game.

So far this season, Loyola Chicago has been the favorite in 14 of their games, and they have gone 11-3 in those games. Their record as the favorite is better than their record as the underdog, which is 5-4. Over their last ten games at home, the Ramblers have gone 9-1.

At home this season, Loyola Chicago has an ATS record of 6-8 and an overall ATS record of 12-11. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Ramblers are 6-4 vs. the spread. In their last 3 home games, Loyola Chicago is 2-1 ATS.

On the season, the over/under record for Loyola Chicago is 10-12-1 with an average scoring total of 140.5 points per game. Today’s over/under line of 150.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (143.2) and in their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 151 points.

Loyola Chicago’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 81 points vs. George Washington. Overall, they hit 43.5% of their shots from the field and went 12/14 from the free-throw line. Currently leading the team in scoring is Des Watson who comes into today’s matchup averaging 13.3. Philip Alston also heads into the game with a PPG average of 12.6.

So far this season, the Loyola Chicago defense has been performing well, ranking 71st in the country at 67.9 points allowed per contest. So far, the Loyola Chicago defense is giving up an average of 7.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12.2 times per game (611st).