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Pick on the Spread for Charleston Southern-Loyola Chicago on December 19

VSiN’s Greg Peterson goes over the best betting options for Tuesday’s college basketball matchup between the Charleston Southern Buccaneers and Loyola-Chicago Ramblers

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NCAA Basketball: Charleston Southern at Ohio State Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Since joining the Atlantic 10 Conference prior to the start of the start of the 2022-23, things have been a struggled for the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers with a 16-26 record and they look to build momentum entering the holiday season with a home game against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on Tuesday.

Charleston Southern Buccaneers vs. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (-18.5, 136)

Charleston Southern is coming off of a close call against South Carolina on Saturday in which they lost 73-69 on the road and will look to neutralize a Loyola-Chicago relies on the perimeter.

Opponents are shooting 32.6% from 3-point range against Charleston Southern this season in road games, which ranks 128th in the country while Loyola-Chicago is allowing opponents to make just 22.7% of their 3-point shots, which leads the country.

The Ramblers outside shooting defense, while stout, should be due for regression as the last team to hold opponents for a full season to shooting less than 26.4% from 3-point range was the 2004-05 Norfolk State Spartans.

As for the Ramblers offense, they are attempting 45.2% of their shots from 3-point range in home games this season, which ranks 43rd in highest percentage of shots that come from the outside and it comes at the detriment of getting second chance scoring opportunities.

The Ramblers are grabbing a rebound on just 20.5% of their missed shots, which ranks 333rd in the nation and is compounded by 17.5% of their offensive plays ending in a turnovers, which ranks 290th in the country.

With a lot of regression coming for Loyola-Chicago’s perimeter defense coupled with not having a single player on the roster pulling in more than 4.4 rebounds per game, the Ramblers will be the latest team to get more than they bargained for from Charleston Southern.

The Play: Charleston Southern +18.5