Valparaiso hosts Loyola-Chicago on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Ramblers have won four in a row to jump ahead in the Missouri Valley standings. The Crusaders suffered back-to-back losses on the road and have been defeated five straight times away from home. They’ll hope for some better luck at home.
Line: Valparaiso -1.5
Ingram’s 25 points fuels Ramblers to blowout over Salukis
Loyola-Chicago has really found their rhythm offensively at home, scoring an average of 80 points in their last two games against Bradley and Southern Illinois. They took down the Salukis by a 79-65 margin, holding the opposition to just 2-of-13 from 3-point range. The Ramblers were able to deliver hitting 56.2 percent of their shots and made 19-of-27 from the foul line. They were able to overcome a night where they struggled holding onto the ball with 19 turnovers.
The squad was mostly carried by three of their starters. Donte Ingram (11.9 ppg) was the high man with 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting, five of those makes coming from downtown. Ben Richardson was the only other player that was able to drain a 3-pointer, and it took him four attempts. Ingram was held to single digits on offense in his last two road games at UNI and Illinois State, but the team was able to get victories.
Valpo has worst showing yet offensively at Missouri State
Valparaiso has split their last four games, dropping the latest two games on the road at UNI and Missouri State. While the offense has been scoring an average of 72.8 points in their last five games, it was held well below that in a 64-57 loss at the Bears this week. They had no answer for the opposition’s star player, Alize Johnson. He finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds. By comparison, no one person for the Crusaders scored more than 12 points and gathered in 7 boards.
As a team, Valpo hit just 35.5 percent of their shots and went a measly 4-for-21 from downtown. They had four less turnovers, but that was about all that went right for them. Markus Golder came off the bench and made things a bit more respectable with a team-high 12 points and 5 rebounds. Max Joseph had the best all-around game with 9 points and 7 rebounds, and he’s now scored over his average of 8.1 ppg in his last four contests (13 ppg).
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on Sunday
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games against teams with a winning road record
The Crusaders were completely lost in their road trip and should look a bit more formidable at home. However, the Ramblers are better against the spread on the road (5-2-1) than Valpo is at home (2-2). It’s a small line, but expect the road team to even win outright.