The Missouri Valley Conference Tourney battle between the Valparaiso Crusaders (17-15, 10-9 MVC) and the Loyola Chicago Ramblers (21-10, 13-5 MVC) will be played at Enterprise Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Loyola Chicago Ramblers ATS Preview
The Crusaders barely escaped the Evansville Aces in their last outing, 58-55. Donovan Clay was Valparaiso’s leading scorer with 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting. The Crusaders forced 15 turnovers and held the Aces to an effective field goal percentage of 0.433 (below their season average of 0.492).
In the Ramblers’ previous outing, they topped the Bradley Braves, 67-66. Loyola Chicago was lifted by Aher Uguak, who put up 11 points and 11 rebounds. Loyola Chicago played a nearly perfect game. They had a great offensive rebounding percentage of 29.0 (above their season average of 20.9) and a free throw rate of 0.231 (matching their season average). Bradley recorded marks of 19.4 and 0.173, respectively, for those same stats.
Loyola Chicago could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their sharp-shooting offense faces off against one of the NCAA’s worst defenses. The Ramblers rank 11th in effective field goal percentage (0.556), while Valparaiso ranks 286th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.515). Moreover, the Crusaders rank 299th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.191), while the Ramblers rank 14th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.159).
Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Loyola Chicago Ramblers Betting Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Loyola Chicago, ATS Winner – Loyola Chicago, O/U – Over
Valparaiso ranks 101st in blocks per game (3.3) while Loyola Chicago ranks 230th (1.6).
The Ramblers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.4, down from 6.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Crusaders have scored an average of 74.0 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.0 points per game (0.4 above their season average).