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Loyola-Chicago vs. Drake Predictions, Odds, Preview

Feb. 13, 2021
Thom Cunningham
NCAA BK Expert

A massive mid-major clash sees the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers take on the Drake Bulldogs. This huge MVC showdown is set for noon (ET) and will air on ESPN2.


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Loyola Chicago-Drake Betting Odds

Line Movements

  • Spread: Loyola-Chicago -3
  • Money-Line: Loyola-Chicago -190 Drake +170
  • Total: 134.5

Odds Subject to Change

The Ramblers enter this road game as a -3-point favorite, although that line has dropped to -2.5 with some sportsbooks. Both schools are exceptional in covering the spread. Loyola-Chicago is 12-5-1 on the ATS, while Drake has covered 15 of its last 18 games this season.

The point total is set at 134.5 points, none too surprising with the solid defenses both schools have. Loyola-Chicago is 9-9 on the O/U this season, while Drake has gone OVER in 10 of its last 18 games.

Betting Analysis – Loyola Chicago Ramblers

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 17-3
  • ATS: 12-5-1
  • SU - Home: 10-1
  • SU - Away: 7-2
  • O/U: 9-9

What makes the Ramblers so good, and has propelled them into the AP top 25, is the defense. Loyola-Chicago allows just 56.2 points per game, which is the best in the entire nation. The defensive efficiency also ranks fourth nationally, while the offensive efficiency ranks 22nd nationally.

What gives Loyola-Chicago such a high offensive efficiency rating, despite only scoring 74 points per game (ranks 127th), is the high shooting percentages. The Ramblers shoot 37.4% from beyond the arc (ranks 43rd nationally), they shoot 60.9% from inside the arc (ranks fifth nationally) and shoots a 52.1% field goal percentage (ranks third nationally).

This is a well balanced team, beginning with big man Cameron Krutwig. He is the only Rambler to average a double-digit point total, while also leading the team in rebounds with 6.1 per game. He attempts 10.9 shots per game, making about 60% of his field goal takes.

Despite other Ramblers not attempting the amount of shots Krutwig does per game, the Ramblers high shooting percentage mixed with their mediocre points per game average indicates smart shot selections. So yes, the defense gets all the hype and credit - as they should.

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