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#679 Loyola - Chicago vs.
#680 Duquesne
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (7-12, 1-6 A-10) will be going for their second consecutive win when they face the Duquesne Dukes (13-7, 3-4 A-10) on Wednesday night. The Ramblers are coming off a 67-55 win over St. Bonaventure as 1.5-point favorites. The Dukes are coming off a 65-58 loss to Fordham as seven-point favorites.

Ramblers Trying To Snap Four-Game Road Losing Streak

They snapped their seven-game losing streak with a win over the Bonnies in their last game. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Dukes, which will give them their second win in a row and snap their four-game road losing streak.

Loyola-Chicago is averaging 67.1 points per game. They scored 67 points in their last game, making 51.1 percent of their field goals and 26.3 percent of their three-pointers.

Tom Welch led the Ramblers with 16 points and four rebounds. Jeameril Wilson finished with 11 points and three rebounds, while Jacob Hutson added 10 points and three rebounds.

Loyola-Chicago has struggled defensively, giving up 72.1 points per game. They gave up 55 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to win this game.

Saint Thomas (Undisclosed) and Jayden Dawson (Hand) are questionable for this game.

Dukes Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing Streak

The Dukes aren’t playing well at the moment and enter this game on a two-game losing streak. They will try to snap their streak with a win over the Ramblers, which will give them their fourth win in their last seven games.

Duquesne is averaging 74.1 points per game. They scored 58 points in their last game, making 30.6 percent of their field goals and 18.8 percent of their three-pointers.

Dae Dae Grant led the Dukes with 10 points and nine rebounds. Jimmy Clark III finished with nine points and seven rebounds, while David Dixon added eight points and five rebounds.

Duquesne has played well defensively, giving up 70.3 points per game. They gave up 65 points in their last game and will have to keep it up if they want to get the win.

Matus Hronsky (Undisclosed) is questionable for this game.

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The Dukes have won six of their last 10 games and 11 of their last 14 home games. They are very good offensively, especially at home where they are scoring more than 76 points per game. They have taken advantage of their opportunities at the charity stripe, making over 70 percent of their free throws. They are also very aggressive on the offensive glass, grabbing more than 13 offensive rebounds per game at home, which will lead to extra-scoring opportunities. They also do a good job protecting the ball and won’t give the Ramblers a lot of extra-scoring opportunities. With the Ramblers giving up more than 73 points per game on the road, they will have a hard time slowing down the Dukes in this game. The Ramblers have lost seven of their last eight games and four of their last five road games. They have struggled offensively, especially on the road where they are scoring less than 62 points per game. They have struggled at the free throw line and don’t rebound the ball as well as the Dukes, so don’t expect them to get a lot of extra-scoring opportunities in this game. They’ve also been careless with the ball, which will lead to easy-scoring opportunities for the Dukes, who average more than seven steals per game at home. With the Dukes holding opponents under 70 points per game at home, the Ramblers will have a hard time keeping up with them, so go with Duquesne to cover the spread.

Prediction: Duquesne Dukes -9

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The Ramblers are averaging 67.1 points per game and 61.5 points per game on the road. They play at a slow pace, averaging 69.2 possessions per game, and they’re facing a team that is giving up 68.6 points per game at home, so expect them to hit their average in this game. The Dukes are averaging 74.1 points per game and 76.2 points per game at home. They play at a similar pace, averaging 69.9 possessions per game, and they’re facing a team that is giving up 73.1 points per game on the road, so expect them to score enough points to push the score over the total.

Prediction: Over 139
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu , "Bosun Akinpelu"

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