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Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs. Missouri State Bears - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Missouri State Bears (11-18) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (17-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago

The Missouri State Bears will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola (IL) Ramblers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Missouri State Bears improved to 11-18 (5-12 MVC) on the season after defeating the Bradley Braves, 80-77 (3OT), this past Wednesday. Missouri State shot 43.1% from the field and 29.6% (8-27) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Christian Kirk who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Missouri State is ranked 224th in the RPI Standings and has played the 96th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bears have been led by Camyn Boone (8.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.9 spg) and Austin Ruder (8.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.3 apg). Missouri State is averaging 60.4 ppg (ranked 318th) on 40.6% shooting (ranked 295th). The Bears average 5.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 279th) and shoot 73.6% from the free-throw line (ranked 30th). Missouri State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.4 ppg (ranked 123rd) on 42.5% shooting (ranked 156th). The Bears pull down 32.55 total rpg (ranked 269th) and have a turnover margin of -1.1 (ranked 257th).

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs. Missouri State Bears - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola (IL) Ramblers improved to 17-12 (7-10 MVC) on the season after defeating the Drake Bulldogs, 80-75 (OT), this past Wednesday. Loyola (IL) shot 61.5% from the field and 57.1% (8-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Christian Thomas who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. Loyola (IL) is ranked 129th in the RPI Standings and has played the 135th ranked SOS. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Christian Thomas (11.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.8 apg) and Montel James (9.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.5 bpg). Loyola (IL) is averaging 61.7 ppg (ranked 303rd) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 47th). The Ramblers are shooting 39.7% from beyond the arc (ranked 19th) and commit 12.7 turnovers per game (ranked 186th).  Loyola (IL) is holding their opponents to an average of 60.8 (ranked 47th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 230th). The Ramblers commit 15.2 personal fouls per game (ranked 14th) and hold teams to just 32.2% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 85th).

The Bears are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning home record and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win. The Ramblers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Missouri State was able was able to rebound from their 35 point loss at Drake to defeat Bradley in an exciting triple OT game. Loyola (IL) snapped a 2 game losing streak with an OT victory against Drake behind a strong offensive performance. Both teams have really struggled scoring the ball and both are without their leading scorers as Missouri State's Marcus Mitchell (19.5 ppg) left the team in early January and Milton Doyle (11.5 ppg, 4.2 apg) has been out due to injury. I'm expecting this game to be low scoring as I have no faith in Missouri State scoring against a strong defense and I think Loyola (IL) will be able to do enough with their efficient shooting on the offensive end to win this one easily.

Their currently isn't a spread for this game but unless Loyola (IL) is favored heavily, I'm backing Loyola (IL) in this one. 

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