College Basketball action on Wednesday evening and the Horizon League will square off with the Missouri Valley Conference as the IUPUI Jaguars grapple with the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at Gentile Arena in Chicago, Illinois. These teams last met back in 2006 and the Ramblers won that game by a score of 77-73. Both teams enter this contest at 2-2 on the year.
Jags Look For 3rd Win In A RowThe IUPUI Jaguars started the season at 0-2 but they have rattled off two wins in a row to make it back to the .500 mark. The Jags were just 16-17 on the year overall last year, including 8-10 in league play. IUPUI has now had eight losing seasons in a row and they have had a losing season in seven over their last eight in league play. Can they breakthrough this year? We shall see. The Jags are picked for 5th in the Horizon League and they have three of five starters back from last year, including guard Jaylen Minnett, who averaged 12.0 ppg a season ago. They have lost top scorer in Cameron Justise, who averaged 18.6 ppg but they still have a solid team that can contend in the Horizon League.
Congratulations to Junior Sharpshooter @MBtrey4 being named @HorizonLeague Player Of The Week after leading the @IUPUIJaguars to a 2-0 record & a huge road win vs. South Florida‼️— IUPUI Men's Bball (@IUPUIMensBball) November 18, 2019
✅ 25.5 pts
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✅ 2.5 stls#TogetherBelieveCompete #GoJags pic.twitter.com/2MBACDD4uo
The Jags are off a 70-53 road win over South Florida and Markus Burk lead the attack with 26 points. he leads the team in scoring at 20.5 ppg. He will be their go-to-guy all season long. The only other play to notch double-digits in the win over the Bulls was Minnett, who had 17. The Jags shot an impressive 51.0% from the field overall, including 52.6% from long range. They did commit 19 turnovers and that has to be a concern but the Jags also forced 22 turnovers in the contest. The Defense was strong as the Bulls were just 5/23 (21.7%) from long range while hitting just 37.0% of their shots overall. IUPUI comes in ranked 318th in the nation in scoring (61.2 ppg) and 206th in points allowed (69.5 ppg). One area of concern is free-throw shooting as they are 335th in the nation in that department, connecting on just 55.8% of their shots from the charity stripe.
Ramblers Rip The Hawks At HomeTwo years ago, the Loyola Ramblers made it all the way to the Final Four. It was a magical run that captured the nation, but they fell a bit short of winning it all. Last year, they did not make it back to the NCAA Tournament but they still went 20-14 overall, including 12-6 in league play. Cameron Krutwig is the only player left from that Final Four team and he currently leads the team in scoring at 16.2 ppg and rebounding at 7.2 rpg. He is their big gun but they also have back Lucas Williamson, who averaged 8.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg a year ago. He was injured for parts of the year but is now healthy and ready for a bigger role. The Ramblers have a solid team but they are picked for just 5th in the Missouri Valley Conference so making another run at an NCAA may be a bit of a stretch.
The Ramblers enter this game off a huge 85-68 home win over the St Joes Hawks. They needed the win after a bad home loss to Coppin State in their previous game. The Ramblers have been known for a tough defense the last few years and it stood tall against the Hawks as they allowed them just 39.3% shooting from the field overall, including 35.3% (12/34) from long range. The defense could have a solid showing against a bad offensive team in this one. Loyola struggled in shooting the three as they hit just four-of-14 from long range, but they hit 56.5% and committed just 12 turnovers to the 24 that the hawks did. Leading their attack in the game was Krutwig, who had 24 points. Loyola ranks 138th in the nation in scoring at 75.5 ppg and 213th in points allowed at 69.8 ppg.
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com IUPUI is:
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games
- 2-9 ATS in their last 11 vs. the Missouri Valley Conference
Loyola - Chicago is:
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games