Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Billikens and Ramblers. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on NBCS, and it’s hosted by the Ramblers at Joseph J. Gentile Arena in Chicago, IL. Get ready to place your bets! This Atlantic 10 conference matchup has an over/under of 147 points, and Loyola Chicago is favored to win by -9.5 at home vs. Saint Louis.

SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS VS LOYOLA CHICAGO RAMBLERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Saint Louis Billikens +9.5

This game will be played at Joseph J. Gentile Arena at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, January 30th.

WHY BET THE SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS:

  • 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 Louis at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Billikens Come Through as Road Underdogs?

After losing their last game to Massachusetts by a score of 84-73, Saint Louis is now 8-12 overall and 1-6 in Atlantic 10 play. On the road, the Billikens have gone just 1-6 this season, and they have lost their last six road games.

So far, Saint Louis has been the underdog in 13 of their 20 games, and they have gone just 3-10 in those games. On the season, they have been the underdog in six straight games.

As the underdog, Saint Louis has gone 6-7 vs. the spread this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 3-4 and their last 10 road ATS record is 3-7. Overall, the Billikens are 8-11 vs. the spread this year.

This season, the over/under record for Saint Louis games is 11-7-1. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 148.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 147 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (146.9). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-1-1 and the average scoring total is 149 points.

In their recent game, the Billikens’ offense concluded with 73 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 72.5 points per contest. Gibson Jimerson is leading the team in scoring at 15.3 points per contest. Terremce Hargrove Jr. has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.8 going into the game.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, Saint Louis is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 77.4 points per game (275th). Saint Louis’ three-point defense is currently 171st in the country at 8.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 44.8% of their shots vs. Saint Louis.

Will Loyola Chicago Find a Way to Win at Home?

Through 20 games this season, Loyola Chicago has a record of 13-7, including a mark of 8-4 at home. As the favorite, the Ramblers are 8-3, and their average scoring margin at home is +6.0.

In their most recent game, Loyola Chicago lost to VCU, 74-67. Over their last 10 home games, the Ramblers have gone 8-2.

As the favorite this season, Loyola Chicago has gone just 4-7 vs. the spread, and they are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite. At home this year, the Ramblers are just 4-8 vs. the spread, and they are 3-6 ATS in their last 10 home games.

On the season, the over/under record for Loyola Chicago sits at 7-11-1. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 138.7 points compared to an average over/under line of 143.1, resulting in an average margin of -4.4 points. Today’s over/under line of 147 is higher than the average scoring total in their games this year and over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

In their recent matchup, the Loyola Chicago offense ended with 67 points against VCU. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 41.7% and made 4 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Demilade Adelekun with 14 points. Jayden Dawson also added 12 points for the Ramblers.

At present, the Ramblers’ defense is nationally ranked 86th, allowing 67.6 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.2 threes per game vs. Saint Louis. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 34.0%.