Florida Atlantic Owls vs Loyola Chicago Ramblers 11/8/2023 – The stage is set for a thrilling showdown as the Florida Atlantic Owls and the Loyola Chicago Ramblers open their 2023 college basketball season. With the Owls coming off a remarkable Final Four run last year and Loyola Chicago looking for redemption, this game promises to be a high-stakes battle. The online basketball betting picks are updated below with every detail of this entertaining game.
Florida Atlantic Owls vs Loyola Chicago Ramblers 11/8/2023
|When:||Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 PM ET|
Less than 24 hours until tip-off 🏀
— No. 10 Florida Atlantic Men's Basketball (@FAUMBB) November 8, 2023
Dusty May vs Drew Valentine
Florida Atlantic enters the 2023 season with high expectations, carrying the number 10 national ranking. Last season, they notched an impressive 35-win campaign, culminating in a heart-wrenching one-point loss to San Diego State in the Final Four. However, the Owls ran out of gas in the final game, scoring 71 points on 44.2% shooting from the field. Defensively, they had their struggles, allowing 72 points, including 39 in the second half, with their opponents shooting 43.9% from the floor and an impressive 50% from beyond the arc.
Florida Atlantic: A Cinderella Story
Leading the charge for the Owls this season is Johnell Davis, who averaged 13.8 points per game last year and is expected to be the offensive linchpin once again. He will have valuable support from Alijah Martin, who contributed a solid 13.4 points per game. Vladislav Goldin returns with 10.2 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game, adding depth to the squad. Nicholas Boyd, who averaged 8.9 points last season, is also back in the fold.
Loyola Chicago: A Season of Redemption
In contrast, Loyola Chicago’s 2022 season was a far cry from their Cinderella run in the NCAA Tournament just a few years ago. They finished the year with a disheartening ten wins, falling a daunting 11 games below .500. The season concluded with a five-point loss in the first round of the conference tournament.
Loyola Chicago’s hopes for redemption rest heavily on the shoulders of Phillip Alston, their leading scorer who averaged 14.6 points and grabbed a team-leading 5.6 rebounds last season. Braden Norris, second in scoring and top in assists with 10.9 and 4, respectively, in 2022, will play a pivotal role as well.
NCAAB Latest Odds: FAU -4.5 ; O/U 143.5
One of the major issues for the Ramblers last season was their offensive struggles, as they ranked a lowly 295th in the nation, scoring just 67.4 points per game. However, they exhibited efficiency, shooting above average at 46.4%. Defensively, they faced challenges, giving up 72.5 points on 45.2% shooting from the field.
Florida Atlantic is entering this game with the wind in their sails, having been named the preseason favorite in the American Athletic Conference. Junior guards Johnell Davis and Alijah Martin share the title of Preseason Player of the Year. With a Final Four appearance in their rearview mirror, the Owls are brimming with confidence.
On the flip side, Loyola-Chicago is determined to put a disappointing season behind them. Picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic-10 Conference preseason poll, the Ramblers have a chip on their shoulder and are eager to rebuild their program under the guidance of head coach Drew Valentine.
Florida Betting Trends
Florida Atlantic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
Owls are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games.
Florida Atlantic are 0-7 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Atlantic 10 conference.
Florida Atlantic are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games played in November.
Owls are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games played on a Wednesday.
Florida Atlantic are 1-12 ATS in their last 13 games played on a Wednesday when playing on the road.
Loyola Betting Trends
Loyola-Chicago are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Loyola-Chicago’s last 5 games.
Loyola-Chicago are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
Loyola-Chicago are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games played in November.
Ramblers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games played on a Wednesday.
Loyola-Chicago are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games played on a Wednesday when playing at home.
Florida Atlantic Owls vs Loyola Chicago Ramblers Betting Pick
In conclusion, this game between the Florida Atlantic Owls and Loyola Chicago Ramblers is not just a season opener but a battle between redemption and continued success. The Owls’ remarkable journey to the Final Four and their high preseason ranking set the stage for an electrifying contest. Can Loyola-Chicago overcome their struggles and return to their past glory? The top online betting picks are leaning towards the Owls to win this game and cover the spread.
Score Prediction: Owls 83, Ramblers 61.