Florida Atlantic Owls (18-2 Last Season) vs. Loyola Chicago Ramblers (4-14 Last Season)
Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Loyola Chicago Ramblers 11/8/23 – As the NCAA men’s basketball season kicks into gear, anticipation builds for a compelling matchup between the formidable Florida Atlantic Owls and the underdog Loyola Chicago Ramblers. With the game slated for Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at the Wintrust Arena, fans and bettors alike are eagerly examining the free NCAAB selections to forecast the evening’s results. The Owls, with an impressive 18-2 standing from the last season, are eyeing to extend their dominance, while the Ramblers, carrying a 4-14 record, are on a quest to upset the odds.
The Florida Atlantic Owls’ previous season’s statistics reflect a team that was efficient on the offense and resilient on defense. Averaging 77.8 points per game with a solid 46.6% shooting from the field shows a team that knows how to maximize its opportunities. Moreover, their 3-point shooting at 36.6% with an average of 9.6 made per game can stretch any defense. Defensively, pulling down 38.9 rebounds per game coupled with 6.5 steals indicates a team that hustles and works hard to regain possession. These numbers, alongside their betting trends, where the Owls are 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games, make them a formidable side coming into this matchup.
In contrast, Loyola Chicago Ramblers’ struggle in the last season is visible in their stats, with 67.4 points per game and a slightly lower field goal percentage of 46.2%. Although their three-point percentage at 33.4% isn’t far off from FAU, their problem seems to be on the boards, managing only 31 rebounds per game, which could be crucial against the rebounding strength of the Owls. Their betting trends don’t paint a rosier picture either, with a concerning 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games. This statistical insight doesn’t bode well for the Ramblers, but every new game brings a fresh opportunity to turn the tide.
Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Loyola Chicago Ramblers 11/8/23 Game Info
|When:||Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET|
Johnell Davis (Guard) vs. Philip Alston (Forward)
Johnell Davis, hailing from the guard position for the Owls, is expected to inject significant energy into the game. His last season’s averages – 13.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and an impressive 48.6% shooting from the field, make him a versatile threat on the court. His 85.5% free throw accuracy also indicates his reliability in clutch moments. However, turnovers at 1.8 per game could be a chink in his armor that the Ramblers might exploit.
Philip Alston for the Ramblers, a forward who averaged 14.6 points and 5.6 rebounds last season, brings his scoring prowess to the table. His 46.8% field goal efficiency and a notable 40% from beyond the arc make him a critical offensive piece. Yet, his free-throw percentage at 69.2% and turnovers per game suggest areas for improvement, especially in a game where possessions will be paramount.
The clash between Davis and Alston offers an intriguing subplot to the game. Davis’s agility and perimeter defense will challenge Alston’s shooting capabilities. Conversely, Alston’s size and scoring ability will test Davis’s defensive mettle. Their head-to-head battle could very well dictate the flow and outcome of the game.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Florida Atlantic Owls -200, Total Odds: 141
The current betting odds lean towards Florida Atlantic as the favorites with a -3 point spread, a reflection of their strong last season’s performance and betting trends. The total at 141 presents an intriguing consideration for over/under bettors, considering both teams’ scoring averages from the previous season.
Florida Atlantic Owls Betting Trends
Florida Atlantic’s betting trends suggest a team that performs well against the spread, particularly in their last few games and notably strong in November matchups. However, their 0-7 straight up (SU) record in their last 7 games against Atlantic 10 conference opponents could raise some concerns. Additionally, their 1-12 ATS in their last 13 games on a Wednesday when playing on the road is a trend that cannot be ignored.
Loyola Chicago Ramblers Betting Trends
Loyola Chicago’s betting trends, on the other hand, show a team struggling to cover the spread, which has been the case in most of their recent games and November fixtures. Their Wednesday game record also doesn’t inspire confidence, especially when playing at home. Bettors might be wary of backing the Ramblers based on these trends alone.
Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Loyola Chicago Ramblers 11/8/23 Betting Picks
Given the analysis and betting trends, the Florida Atlantic Owls appear poised to continue their successful run, particularly against a team that has struggled to perform both on the court and in the books. Their offensive and defensive prowess, coupled with strong betting trends, give them an edge.
Loyola Chicago, while an underdog, could leverage the home court to their advantage, but the stats and trends point to a challenging night ahead. As for the pro premium picks, the Owls might not only cover the spread but also push the total over given their offensive output.
Free Pick and Prediction: Florida Atlantic Owls 76, Loyola Chicago Ramblers 68