You can bet on Loyola basketball in Illinois.
The Loyola Chicago Ramblers men’s basketball team looks to build on its winning culture with a new head coach leading the way.
Former head coach Porter Moser, who led the Ramblers to a Final Four appearance in 2018 and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2021, left a high standard for first-year head coach Drew Valentine to meet. Valentine is also the youngest head coach in NCAA D1 men’s basketball at 30 years old. And come 2022-23, it will leave the Missouri Valley Conference to join the Atlantic 10. But for this season, it remains in the MVC.
Below you’ll find Loyola Chicago odds, bet types and the best places to watch Loyola. Though you must place your bet at a retail sportsbook at an Illinois casino, you can take a look at the live Ramblers spread odds here. You can bet on non-Illinois college teams at Illinois online sportsbooks.
You can only bet on Illinois collegiate teams in person, and you can do so at any of the retail sportsbook locations in the Prairie State. Here’s how to get started:
BetRivers Sportsbook is the closest retail book in Chicago, located inside Rivers Casino. Another nearby option is PointsBet Sportsbook, which is at Hawthorne Race Course and all of the racetrack’s OTB sites.
|Online Sportsbook||Casino/OTB||Address||Distance from Chicago|
|PointsBet||Hawthorne Race Course||3501 S. Laramie Ave., Stickney||10 miles|
|BetRivers||Rivers Casino||3000 S. River Road, Des Plaines||17 miles|
|PointsBet||Club Hawthorne Crestwood||13148 Rivercrest Drive, Crestwood||23 miles|
|PointsBet||Player's Pub & Grill||1250 S. River Road, Prospect Heights||26 miles|
|Caesars by William Hill||Grand Victoria Casino||250 S. Grove Ave., Elgin||40 miles|
|Barstool||Hollywood Aurora||1 W. New York St., Aurora||41 miles|
|FanDuel||FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing||9301 Collinsville Road, Collinsville||284 miles|
|DraftKings||DraftKings at Casino Queen||200 S. Front St., East St. Louis||309 miles|
There are three core bet types when betting on college basketball. The examples listed are based on the Ramblers squaring off with the University of Illinois:
A prop bet is a wager on a more specific scenario within a game. An example would be a bet that senior forward Damezi Anderson scores 12 or more points in a game. However, it will not be legal to place player prop bets on Illinois college athletes in the near future. It is legal in some other states, but college player props are a point of contention in the legal sports betting market.
A team futures bet is wagering on a scenario that will take place later in the season. A few examples would be betting on Loyola to win the NCAA Tournament or the Ramblers to win more than 25 games in the regular season.
Take a look at the Ramblers’ full 2021-22 schedule below:
|Nov. 9||Vs. Coppin State|
|Nov. 13||Vs. Florida Gulf Coast|
|Nov. 16||Vs. Chicago State|
|Nov. 20||Vs. UIC|
|Nov. 24||Vs. Michigan State|
|Dec. 1||Vs. Indiana State|
|Dec. 4||@ DePaul|
|Dec. 7||Vs. Roosevelt|
|Dec. 10||@ Vanderbilt|
|Dec. 19||Vs. Norfolk State|
|Dec. 22||@ Davidson|
|Jan. 2||@ Southern Illinois|
|Jan. 5||@ Illinois State|
|Jan. 8||Vs. Bradley|
|Jan. 11||Vs. Valparaiso|
|Jan. 15||@ Indiana State|
|Jan. 18||@ Evansville|
|Jan. 22||Vs. Missouri State|
|Jan. 25||Vs. Southern Illinois|
|Jan. 30||@ Drake|
|Feb. 2||Vs. Illinois State|
|Feb. 6||@ Missouri State|
|Feb. 9||@ Bradley|
|Feb. 13||Vs. Northern Iowa|
|Feb. 16||@ Valparaiso|
|Feb. 19||Vs. Drake|
|Feb. 23||Vs. Evansville|
|Feb. 26||@ Northern Iowa|
Loyola was dominant last season, finishing 26-5 and winning the Missouri Valley Conference championship. Their marquee win came in the second round of the NCAA Tournament over the University of Illinois. The Ramblers ranked 12th in the final Coaches Top 25 poll but ultimately lost to Oregon State University in the Sweet 16.
The Ramblers will be defending Joseph J. Gentile Arena (6525 Sheridan Road). It was recently remodeled in 2011 and offers an arena-like atmosphere, which helped the Ramblers reach a perfect 13-0 record at home last season.
Gentile Arena seats 5,000 fans after the original structure, built-in 1996, was updated with chair-back seating, a new video board and an LED scorer’s table. It also hosts concerts, speakers, career fairs and graduations.
If you’re looking to buy Loyola tickets, the box office is on the south side of the building at the main entrance.