Loyola Chicago Ramblers at Drake Bulldogs Betting Preview
One of the best college basketball games of the entire weekend will take place in the Missouri Valley Conference, and this game will affect the title race. The Drake Bulldogs host the Loyola Chicago Ramblers on Sunday, and each team will likely be in the NCAA Tournament this March.
Loyola Chicago sits in first place in the MVC with a conference record of 13-1, and it has now won 11 straight games. The Ramblers made a stunning run to the Final Four just a few years ago, and this team resembles that one.
Drake has now lost two of its last three games after starting the season with an 18-0 record. The Bulldogs were blown out by Loyola Chicago in the previous game, and they will be looking for revenge in this one.
Loyola Chicago is a 5.5-point favorite over the Drake Bulldogs in this MVC showdown.
Ramblers Can Really Defend
Loyola Chicago is one of the best defensive teams in the country, allowing just 56 points per game. The Ramblers held Drake to just 54 points in the first meeting, and they should be able to put up another low number in this game.
Loyola Chicago is not an explosive offensive team, but it is extremely efficient on that end of the floor. The Ramblers are scoring 74.3 points per game, but that total has gone up in recent weeks.
Center Cameron Krutwig leads the team with 15.3 points per game, and there aren’t many teams in the MVC that can match up with him. The Ramblers are also shooting better than 37 percent from deep, and that will play a role in this one.
Drake Wants to Play Fast
Drake is averaging 80 points per game, but it has simply feasted on some of the worst teams in the conference. The Bulldogs have averaged just 55.5 points per game in their two losses, and that could be a problem in this one.
Drake has seven different players averaging at least 7.4 points per game, and that depth has been able to wear down most teams. If the Bulldogs are able to make shots, they will be tough to beat in this game.
The Bulldogs are holding opponents to just 63 points per game, but that defense struggled against Loyola Chicago in the first meeting. Drake wants to play extremely fast, but it also needs to lock in on the defensive end of the floor.
Loyola Simply Too Good
Drake is not going to lose this game by 20 points again, but it is clearly the underdog in this matchup. The Bulldogs are heading in the wrong direction, and this recent skid could not have come at a worse time.
Loyola Chicago is building momentum towards March, and it will not be a team anyone wants to face in the NCAA Tournament. The Ramblers do everything really well, and they are clearly the class of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Don’t expect another blowout, but it will still be Loyola Chicago that is able to cover the spread and win this game comfortably. Bet the Loyola Chicago Ramblers -5.5 over the Drake Bulldogs.
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