#724 Wichita State Shockersvs.#723 Loyola University Chicago Ramblers
Wednesday, January 1 2017, at 7:00pm EST
Written by David Hess
Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (12-5 SU, 8-5-0 ATS, 10-3-0 OU) vs Wichita State Shockers (14-3 SU, 7-6-1 ATS, 10-4-0 OU)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 11 , 2017
Where: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas
Lines: Wichita State -16
CBB action within the Missouri Valley Conference this evening and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will grapple with the Wichita State Shockers at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas. The Ramblers come in off a nice 78-62 road win over Bradley, while the Shockers are off an 80-66 road win over Northern Iowa.
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers started their MVC season with a road loss to Drake and then a home loss to Illinois State, but they have bounced back since with a home win over Northern Iowa and a road win over Bradley. They are having a solid season overall at 12-5, but this will be a very tough test and if they hope to pull the upset then they will need another huge game from Milton Doyle, just like they got from him in their 78-62 road win over Bradley in their last game. In that game it was Doyle that led them to victory as he hit 13 of his 17 shots on the way to posting 35 points, plus he had 11 boards as well. He is the team’s leading scorer at 15.6 ppg. Ben Richardson also had a solid game as he had 17 points, while Donte Ingram chipped in with 11 points and eight boards. The Ramblers shot a strong 57.6% from the floor overall and 47.6% from long range. The defense also was solid, especially defending the arc as they allowed just 33.3% from long range in the game. Aundre Jackson is 2nd on the team in scoring at 14.2 ppg, while 3rd is Donte Ingram at 13.0 ppg.
Loyola-Chicago comes into this contest ranked 102nd in the nation in scoring, putting up 77.5 ppg, while also ranking 4th in FG% (51.5%), 19th in 3-point shooting (40.1%) and 246th in free throw shooting (66.9%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been very solid as they come in ranked 78th in points allowed, giving up 66.9 ppg, while also ranking 186th in defensive FG% (43.4%) and 228th in 3-point defense (35.6%).
The Wichita State Shockers have been the class of the MVC for the last few years and it looks like they are the class of the league again. They are 14-3 on the year overall and are now 4-0 in the MVC, following an 80-66 road win over Northern Iowa and have outscored their MVC foes by an average of 20.3 ppg so far. They are dominant and look like they will make a deep run in March. The Shockers have been known for defense over the years, and they still have a strong one, but their offense has really been improved this year and they just hung 80 points on a very tough Northern Iowa defense. They shot a strong 49.0% from the field overall, including 55% from long range. Eleven players scored in the game and they were led by Landry Shamet, who had 17 points, while Rauno Nurger had 13 and Conner Frankamp had 11 to round out the double-digit scorers for the Shockers. They go about 10 deep on a regular basis and eight of them average at least 6.0 ppg. They have been led by Darral Willis Jr. at 12.1 ppg, while 2nd is Markis McDuffie at 11.8 ppg and 3rd is Landry Shamet at 10.4 ppg.
Wichita State checks in ranked 27th in the nation in scoring, putting up 83.2 ppg, while also ranking 81st in FG% (46.8%), 69th in 3-point shooting (38.1%) and 72nd in free throw shooting (73.2%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been very strong as they come in ranked 29th in points allowed, giving up 63.7 ppg, while also ranking 8th in defensive FG% (37.8%) and 116th in 3-point defense (32.8%).
Wichita State is:
The Shockers are rolling right now as they have gone 4-0 in league play and have outscored those foes by an average of 20.3 ppg. The Ramblers come in off a two-game win streak and that puts them at 2-2 in MVC play. Even though the Shockers have been dominant so far, I still look for the Ramblers to keep this one close. Their defense is the key here and it will be that defense that does just enough to keep this one under the big line. The Shockers have gone 7-0 SU the last seven in the series, but just two of those games have been decided by more than 16 points. Take the Ramblers in this one.
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