– Feb 14, 2021 6:17 a.m. PST
In most cases, NCAA Division I schedules don’t include back-to-back games with the same teams. However, when such an opportunity arises – as is the case with select conferences seeking to limit travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic – weather can view matchups through a unique lens.
Take to Example the second act on Sunday between Loyola Chicago and Drake (3 p.m. ET tip). Loyola Chicago stomped Drake on Saturday and won 27 points as a four-point favorite (a choice we correctly predicted). Now these teams are going to do it again, with a line that has shifted predictably.
With such a fresh, relevant matchup between these teams to be reviewed, we’re going to take a slightly different approach in this preview and ourselves concentrate more intensely on Saturday. If you want to learn more about how these teams have fared lately in a broader sense, click here.
Loyola Chicago’s loss to Drake showed the Walkers were better in almost every way: 2 point. Shooting, 3-pt. Shoot, ricochet (10 ricochets perk), and assists (twice as many assists). As was the case now with both of Drake’s losses, they were terrible from beyond the bow, sinking only 3 out of 13 (23.1 percent) shots. For a top 50 3 point. Shooting team, it just won’t make it.
A rise in the second half brought # 22/23 #Loyola to an 81-54 win at Drake on Saturday afternoon! @ AUguak3 put in 20 points to lead the #Ramblers to their 11th straight win.
In his 11th straight win, Loyola Chicago kept his opponent under 60 for the 11th straight game. Because of this, they’re fifth on KenPom’s custom metric for defensive efficiency. Despite the lack of blocked shots (block rate five percent, 327th in D-I), the walkers in the defensive glass are active and rave opponents. Drake was just the final victim.
To be fair to the Bulldogs, Senior Shanquan Hemphill missed the game after undergoing foot surgery. Hemphill was Drake’s leading scorer and rebounder – and now he’s going to miss a month, if not the season. In his absence, no one competed to score more than 12 points against the walkers.
The chemistry DJ Wilkins needs to get this perfectly to ShanQuan (Tank) Hemphill is insane. I love this group. #MadnessInTheValley
Drake is 15-4 against the spread, including an 8-2 ATS mark at home. After Saturday, the Bulldogs have suffered all four ATS losses in their last six games – and all four ATS losses are at least nine points ahead.
Loyola Chicago is 13-5-1 ATS overall, with a 7 -2-1 ATS record on the road. There was an ATS loss of two games on Saturday, but both losses came as favorites 18.5 and 18 points against Evansville (the Ramblers still won both games by double digits).
Best game on the pitch on Saturday, Loyola was Chicago Senior Aher Uguak. He scored 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting, scoring five rebounds and one steal. Although Uguak only averaged 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds this season, he’s been in tears lately: he’s averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in his last four games.
He has now 18 points to list all goalscorers as @RamblersMBB, led by 1⃣3⃣ pic.twitter.com/oOqdGoecmQ
Uguak is a long way from the supporters of the Ramblers – at least five regulars surpass him in the usage rate – but his little tear gives them additional equipment. As if they needed more help now.
Jordan Horrobin is a sports writer whose MLB, NHL, NFL, and NCAA work has appeared in branches like The Athletic, MLB.com, the Detroit Free Press, and others . He currently lives in Toronto and also works for Forbes.com and as a freelance editor for Sportsnet.
Jordan Horrobin is a sports writer whose MLB, NHL, NFL, and NCAA work has appeared in branches like The Athletic, MLB.com, the Detroit Free Press, and others. He currently lives in Toronto and also works as a contributor for Forbes.com and as a freelance editor for Sportsnet.
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