A-10 Tournament: Loyola-Chicago vs. Saint Joseph’s odds, picks and predictions

The No. 15-seed Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (10-20) and No. 10 Saint Joseph’s Hawks (14-16) open Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament play Tuesday with a 1st-round game in Brooklyn. The contest at the Barclays Center will tip off at 2 p.M. ET (ESPN+). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Loyola-Chicago vs. Saint Joseph’sodds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

The Ramblers have struggled defensively in going 2-6 in their last 8 games, allowing 73.5 points per game over that stretch. Loyola, who went 4-14 in league play, are also 4-14 in road games this season.

The Hawks, who went 8-10 in the A-10, are 1-4 in their last 5 games. Saint Joseph’s launches a lot of 3s (26.3 attempts per game, tops in A-10), and the team has struggled from distance (31.3%) in the last 5.

The Hawks beat Loyola twice this season. They won 86-55 at home on Jan. 14 as 1.5-point favorites while the 142.5 Under hit. On Feb. 8 in Chicago, Saint Joseph’s won 83-71 as 3.5-point underdogs while the 140.5 Over hit.

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Loyola-Chicago vs. Saint Joseph’s odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Tuesday at 12:21 a.M. ET.

  • Moneyline: Off the board.
  • Against the spread (ATS): Loyola-Chicago +1.5 (-115) | Saint Joseph’s -1.5 (-105).
  • Over/Under (O/U): 142.5 (O: -105 | U: -115).
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    Loyola-Chicago vs. Saint Joseph’s picks and predictions

    Prediction

    Loyola-Chicago 72, Saint Joseph’s 68.

    Moneyline

    Not available.

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    Against the spread

    Loyola has shot the ball and defended better of late. Turnovers had been a major problem for the Ramblers for much of the season, but the team has cleaned things up in that area, too.

    The Ramblers have played the tougher slate, and they are a solid play as the underdog in this game. Plus, the Hawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral-site games. TAKE LOYOLA-CHICAGO +1.5 (-115).

    Over/Under

    This game features the fast-pace Hawks vs. The slower Ramblers. Figure on a tally in the high-130s to perhaps 142. The Under is a lean but not an actionable one. PASS, unless the total reaches 144.5.

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