Loyola (CHI) vs. Illinois State - 2/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois State Redbirds (12-11) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (10-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers -1 -- Over/Under: 124 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Illinois State Redbirds will travel to the Joseph J. Gentile Center to take on the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Illinois State Redbirds had their three game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-11 (6-4 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Missouri State Bears, 84-81 in OT, this past Saturday. Illinois State allowed Missouri State’s Dequon Miller to hit a long three-pointer at the end of regulation to send it to OT and couldn’t stop the Bears Jarred Dixon in OT in the loss. Illinois State shot 47.6% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc. The Redbirds allowed the Bears to shoot 49.1% from the field and 52.6% (10-19) from three-point range. Leading the way for Illinois State was DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell who had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Redbirds have been led by DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell (14.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), MiKyle McIntosh (11.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Paris Lee (10.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, Illinois State is averaging 66.8 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field and 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Redbirds average 7.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.97. Defensively, Illinois State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 43.2% shooting. The Redbirds average 4.0 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 1.4.
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The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers improved to 10-12 (3-7 MVC) on the season after defeating the Indiana State Sycamores, 104-96 in 2OT, this past Saturday. Loyola (CHI) had its best night offensively of the season and was able use a 7-2 run at the start of the 2nd OT to get a lead and hang on to the win. Loyola (CHI) shot 52.5% from the field and 58.0% (34-40) from the FT line. The Ramblers allowed the Sycamores to shoot 48.5% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 17-11 margin. Leading the way for Loyola (CHI) was Montel James who had a double-double with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, and a steal. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Montel James (11.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg), Milton Doyle (11.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Earl Peterson (9.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 64.1 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field and 34.4% from beyond the arc. The Ramblers average 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.90. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 65.1 ppg on 43.7% from the field. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of -4.0 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Redbirds are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss. The Ramblers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Illinois State coulnd't continue their winning streak against Missouri State and is a team that can really struggle scoring the basketball as they rank 308th in the country in FG%. Loyola (CHI) had to be thrilled with their offensive production against Indiana State and have two very solid players in Montel James and Milton Doyle that can be very dangerous if they get into a rhythm early. Both Illinois State and Loyola (CHI) have had disappointing seasons so far and can struggle scoring the basketball, but I'm going to take Loyola (CHI) as they lost only by two points eariler in the season against the Redbirds on the road and should be playing with confidence after their recent win. Take Loyola (CHI) to cover.