Loyola-Chicago (10-4) at Green Bay (6-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 9, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Resch Center (9,729) -- Green Bay, Wisconsin. Television: Sports 32. Home Record: Loyola-Chicago 5-1, Green Bay 5-1. Away Record: Loyola-Chicago 4-2, Green Bay 0-7. Neutral Record: Loyola-Chicago 1-1, Green Bay 1-1. Conference Record: Loyola-Chicago 1-1, Green Bay 0-2. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 24-15.
GAME NOTES: Seeking their first win at Green Bay since 2007, the Loyola- Chicago Ramblers head to the Resch Center on Wednesday night where they will contend with the Phoenix in Horizon League action.
Sporting an overall record of 10-4, the Ramblers are shooting for their fourth straight road win, something the team has not done since putting together a string of five consecutive wins away from home since the 2006-07 campaign. However, the team is coming off a disappointing 68-66 home loss to Youngstown State over the weekend, snapping their four-game win streak overall.
As for Green Bay. this is a team that has won all but one of six home dates in 2012-13, the most recent of those coming against Illinois-Springfield on Dec, 30. In the last week, the Phoenix have been brought down in back-to-back conference road tests versus Wright State (64-53) and Detroit (84-76) to open Horizon League play 0-2.
In terms of the all-time series between the programs, Green Bay owns a 24-15 advantage over the Ramblers dating back to their first meeting in 1995. The Phoenix has won two straight and six of the last seven meetings overall.
After holding YSU to just 39.3 percent shooting from the floor in the first half of their meeting over the weekend, the Ramblers dialed back the defense a bit following intermission and that's when the Penguins struck with 58.3 percent shooting, en route to the two-point decision. Trying to keep Loyola in contention, Ben Averkamp tallied 18 points and eight rebounds, one of four players to score in double figures for the hosts. Christian Thomas and Cully Payne tacked on 11 points apiece and Devon Turk another 10 off the bench. Having kept the starting five intact over the first 14 games, it only makes sense that the Ramblers would be successful, to the point where they are holding the opposition to just 58.3 ppg. Averkamp leads the way at the offensive end with his 15.9 ppg and is also tops with 6.6 rpg, not to mention stirring it up at the defensive end as well with 23 blocked shots already.
If one were just focusing on the fact that Green Bay shot 52.7 percent from the floor and held the Titans to just 37.5 percent, you would assume the Phoenix came out on top in their recent meeting, but that just wasn't the case. It's also important to point out that the visitors turned the ball over 17 times and were outscored at the free-throw line by a whopping 38-14 margin. Keifer Sykes led four starters in double figures with 21 points, followed by Greg Mays with a career-high 18, to go along with nine rebounds before fouling out. Alec Brown tallied 16 points and seven boards and Sultan Muhammad 11 points. For a team that is averaging about 21 trips to the charity stripe per game, it is unusual for Green Bay to be beaten at its own game. Sykes, an 85.2 percent shooter at the stripe, leads the offense with 16.5 ppg and is also tops with 56 assists as he tries to get teammates involved in the action as well.
Even though the Ramblers are on the road for this contest, they've already shown that being in enemy territory isn't such a bad thing. As long as Averkamp handles the paint and gets sufficient support out on the perimeter, this meeting should fall in favor of Loyola.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Loyola-Chicago 68, Green Bay 62
01/09 10:39:56 ET