Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs. Indiana State Sycamores - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana State Sycamores (11-12) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (14-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
The Indiana State Sycamores will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola (IL) Ramblers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Indiana State Sycamores dropped to 11-12 (7-4 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Iowa Panthers, 61-51, this past Tuesday. Indiana State shot 37.3% from the field and 31.8% (7-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Sycamores was Devonte Brown who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Indiana State is ranked 182nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 109th ranked SOS. On the season, the Sycamores have been led by Devonte Brown (12.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 apg) and Brenton Scott (11.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 apg). Indiana State is averaging 67.3 ppg (ranked 179th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 224th). The Sycamores average 7.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 79th) on 34.9% three-point shooting (ranked 149th). Indiana State is holding their opponents to an average of 69.3 ppg (ranked 255th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 158th). The Sycamores average just 32.57 total rpg (ranked 268th) and have a rebound margin of -3.0 (ranked 288th).
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The Loyola (IL) Ramblers improved to 14-9 (4-7 MVC) on the season after defeating the Missouri State Bears, 53-50, this past Wednesday. Loyola (IL) shot 40.0% from the field and 46.2% (6-13) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Montel James who had 12 points, 3 assists, and 1 block. Loyola (IL) is ranked 112th in the RPI Standings and has played the 117th 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, 0.7 apg). Loyola (IL) is averaging 61.8 ppg (ranked 298th) on 46.2% shooting (ranked 58th). The Ramblers average 6.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 191st) on 39.9% three-point shooting (ranked 17th). Loyola (IL) is holding their opponents to an average of 59.5 ppg (ranked 28th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 176th). The Ramblers only commit 14.9 personal fouls per game (ranked 10th) and average 6.3 spg (ranked 177th).
The Sycamores are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss however, just 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss. The Ramblers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win.
Loyola (IL) snapped a five game losing streak with their recent win after an impressive defensive performance holding Missouri State to just 50 points. Indiana State couldn't beat the best team in the MVC at the moment in Northern Iowa as they struggled a bit beyond the arc. I think these two teams are evenly matched and as Indiana State has struggled on the road lately in conference play, I'm going to back the home team, Loyola (IL), to cover this small spread. Take Loyola (IL) to cover.