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Indiana State Sycamores vs. Loyola of Chicago Ramblers MVC Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/7/14

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (10-21) at Indiana State Sycamores (21-9)

College Basketball: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Indiana State Sycamores -7 -- Over/Under: 131 See the Latest Odds

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The Indiana State Sycamores and the Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers face off on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

The Indiana State Sycamores have lost their last three games but their second place conference finish was enough to earn them a first round bye in this tournament. ISU is 12-6 in the MVC and 10-7 in games played away from home. Jake Odum leads the Sycamores averaging 13 points per game. Khristian Smith is averaging 11.1 points, Manny Arop is averaging 10.9 points, and Dawon Cummings is averaging 10.2 points. Indiana State is averaging 71.3 points and they are shooting 45.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.8 points and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Indiana State won the last meeting of these two by four points at Loyola.

Indiana State Sycamores vs. Loyola of Chicago Ramblers MVC Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/7/14

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The Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers finished in last place in the MVC this season but a win on Thursday against Bradley lands them in this game. Loyola is 5-14 in the Missouri Valley Conference and 2-15 in games played away from home. Milton Doyle leads the Ramblers averaging 15.3 points per game. Christian Thomas is averaging 13.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, Jeff White is averaging 9.7 points, and Devon Turk is averaging 8.8 points. Loyola is averaging 65.9 points and they are shooting 46.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.5 points and their opponents are shooting 45.3 percent. The win over Bradley was the highlight of the season for Loyola.

Indiana State is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games, 1-4 against the spread following a loss, and 3-14 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Loyola (Chicago) is 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-6 against the spread against the MVC, and 2-8-2 against the spread following a win.

Indiana State has been stumling so even against the lowly Ramblers I can't lay points. 

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Loyola (Chicago) +7

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