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Indiana State Sycamores vs. Loyola of Chicago Ramblers - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (13-6) at Indiana State Sycamores (9-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm (Hulman Center)

The Line: Indiana State Sycamores -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Indiana State Sycamores hope to get back in the win column when the Loyola (Chicago Ramblers come to town.


The defensive minded Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers outscore opponents 64-60 so they need to control the pace and hit shots to win games. The Ramblers were strong during the non conference schedule but have issues scoring in conference play with a 3-4 record after falling to Evansville 65-56 on Wednesday. The Purple Aces took control late with 48% accuracy adding up to four more field goals then the 41% shooting Ramblers. Devon Turk was high scorer with 14 points on 6-11 from the floor Montel Jackson supplying eleven points. Christian Thomas netted eight points and snared six boards while Donte Ingram chipped in with seven. Altogether eight players scored in a balanced half court attack.

Indiana State Sycamores vs. Loyola of Chicago Ramblers - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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I once thought the Indiana State Sycamores were going to labor in the bottom half of the Missouri Valley. That was before the Sycamores won five in a row but now I don't know what to think after back to back defeats capped off by a tough 66-60 loss at Northern Iowa on Wednesday. Both teams hit shots in the 40%-41% range with ISU mustering eight more looks to stay close although the Panthers won it with a 21-12 performance at the charity stripe. The combo of Justin Gant and Brenton Scott netted 13 points apiece with Gant pacing the team with seven rebounds. Devonte Brown was next in line with ten points followed by TJ Bell with seven and Tre Bennett with six points. Every player in the nine man rotation managed to score.


The Ramblers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss. Loyola (Chicago) are 6-16-1 ATS in their last 23 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Sycamores are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Indiana State are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Missouri Valley. The Ramblers are on the verge of a slump and Indiana State is always playing close game. Which team is better is a guess and this game is about the same...

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Loyola-Chicago +3

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