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Southern Illinois vs. Loyola of Chicago - 1/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola of Chicago (13-4) at Southern Illinois (7-11)

College Basketball: January 18th, 2015 at 6:05 pm (EST)

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TV: ESPN 3

The Loyola (IL) Ramblers will travel to SIU Arena to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis this Sunday night in College Basketball action.

The Loyola (IL) Ramblers improved to 13-4 (3-2 MVC) on the season after defeating the Drake Bulldogs 50-47 this past Wednesday. Loyola (IL) shot 51.2% from the field and 46.2% (6-13) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Christian Thomas who had 16 points and 3 rebounds. Loyola (IL) is ranked 59th in the RPI Standings and have played the 108th ranked SOS. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Christian Thomas (12.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Milton Doyle (11.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.1 apg). Offensively, Loyola (IL) is ranked 65.2 ppg (ranked 239th) on 47.4% shooting (ranked 40th). The Ramblers shoot 41.1% from beyond the arc (ranked 10th) and 71.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 86th). Defensively, Loyola (IL) is holding their opponents to an average of 59.8 ppg (ranked 38th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 164th). The Ramblers only commit 14.7 fouls per game (ranked 11th) however, just pull down a total of 30.41 rpg (ranked 324th).

Southern Illinois vs. Loyola of Chicago  - 1/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 7-11 (0-5 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the 13th ranked Wichita St. Shockers 67-55 this past Wednesday. Southern Illinois allowed Wichita St. to shoot 50.0% from the field and only shot 22.2% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Salukis was Deion Lavender who had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Southern Illinois is ranked 297th in the RPI Standings and has played the 328th ranked SOS. On the season, the Salukis have been led by Anthony Beane (16.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 spg) and Sean O’Brien (9.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 apg). Offensively, Southern Illinois is averaging 60.2 ppg (ranked 317th) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 258th). The Salukis average only 8.4 apg (ranked 341st) and 3.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 337th). Defensively, Southern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 60.6 ppg (ranked 50th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 172nd). The Salukis allow opponents to shoot 35.2% from long range (ranked 240th) and grab 32.61 total rpg (ranked 269th).

The Ramblers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Salukis are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Southern Illinois have been playing more competitive as of late, however, still hasn’t been able to notch a win in conference play. Loyola (IL) don’t put up a lot of points but shoot it well from the field and I think that although this is going to be a close game, I think the Ramblers will come away from SIU arena with a win. Take Loyola (IL) and the points. 

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