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Missouri State Bears vs. Loyola of Chicago Ramblers - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (13-9) at Missouri State Bears (9-13)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm (JQH Arena)

The Line: Missouri State Bears -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: The Valley

The Loyola (IL) Ramblers will travel to the JQH Arena to take on the Missouri State Bears this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Loyola (IL) Ramblers lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 13-9 (3-7 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Illinois State Redbirds, 48-45, this past Saturday. Loyola (IL) shot 42.9% from the field and 20.0% (2-10) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Montel James who had 22 points and 7 rebounds. Loyola (IL) is ranked 120th in the RPI Standings and has played the 107th ranked SOS. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Milton Doyle (11.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.2 apg) and Christian Thomas (11.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg). Offensively, Loyola (IL) is averaging 62.2 ppg (ranked 294th) on 46.5% shooting from the field (ranked 53rd). The Ramblers average 6.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 191st) on 39.7% three-point shooting (ranked 22nd). Defensively, Loyola (IL) is holding opponents to an average of 60.0 ppg (ranked 36th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 178th). The Ramblers average 15 personal fouls per game (ranked 10th) and pull down 29.36 total rpg (ranked 336th).

Missouri State Bears vs. Loyola of Chicago Ramblers - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Missouri State Bears snapped their seven game losing streak and improved to 9-13 (3-7 MVC) on the season after defeating the Southern Illinois Salukis, 52-46, this past Saturday. Missouri State held Southern Illinois to 33.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Salukis by a 33-27 margin. Leading the way for the Bears was Gavin Thurman who had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Missouri State is ranked 199th in the RPI Standings and has played the 92nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Bears have been led by Austin Ruder (8.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg) and Camyn Boone (7.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg). Offensively, Missouri State is averaging 61.8 ppg (ranked 299th) on 41.2% shooting (ranked 272nd). The Bears shoot 74.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 25th) and commit 11.5 turnovers per game (ranked 52nd). Defensively, Missouri State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.0 ppg (ranked 93rd) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 139th). The Bears average 32.14 total rpg (ranked 280th) and have a rebound margin of 0.5 (ranked 179th).

The Ramblers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Bears are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. the MVC.

Although Loyola (IL) hasn’t won over the past couple of weeks, they still have been competitive. Missouri State picked up their first win since losing their leading scorer, Marcus Marshall (19.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg), who had decided to transfer to another program next year. Loyola (IL) really has trouble scoring the ball, however, I feel better about them putting up some offensive than I do Missouri State. This should be a low scoring affair but Loyola (IL) will end their losing streak and pick up a victory at Missouri State. Take Loyola (IL) and the points. 

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