Michigan State vs. Loyola of Chicago - 11/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (2-0) at Michigan State Spartans (1-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -20 -- Over/Under: 134 See the Latest Odds
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and Michigan State Spartans play Friday night at the Breslin Center.
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are 2-0 with wins over Rockhurst and McKendree, but will really be tested here. On the season, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 74.5 points on 55.1 percent shooting and is allowing 63 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Christian Thomas leads the Ramblers with 17.5 points on 76.5 percent shooting, and Milton Doyle is averaging 17 points and 6.5 assists. The Ramblers will go as far as Doyle carries them, as he’s one of the top players in the MVC. Montel James is the third player averaging in the double digits and Joe Crisman has grabbed five boards in each of the first two games. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have one of the best shooting percentages in the country but the lack of size and rebounding will be tested now that they’re no longer playing cupcakes.
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The Michigan State Spartans are coming off their 10-point loss to Duke, as they’ve split their first two games. On the season, Michigan State is averaging 67.5 points on 48.7 percent shooting and is allowing 70 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Travis Trice leads MSU with 20 points and 6.5 assists, and Branden Dawson is averaging 15 points and 8.5 rebounds. Denzel Valentine is coming off a 13-point performance and Matt Costello has done a solid job at both ends of the floor in limited time. Michigan State is one of those teams that will be better towards the end of the season, as the Spartans still need to find some consistent outside shooters. Still, MSU showed enough in the Duke game to scare teams even early on the schedule. Alvin Ellis III is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
The Ramblers are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Spartans are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Missouri Valley and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The Michigan State Spartans should crush the Ramblers in this matchup due to the lack of size and physical play. MSU held its own against Duke and should have no problem winning in blowout fashion against a far less talented squad.