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Southern Illinois vs. Loyola (CHI) - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (10-13) at Southern Illinois Salukis (18-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -8.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers will travel to SIU Arena to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers dropped to 10-13 (3-8 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Illinois State Redbirds, 78-70, this past Wednesday. Loyola (CHI) had a 40-37 halftime lead but allowed the Redbirds to go on an 11-4 run to fall behind 68-61 with just over three minutes and couldn’t come back for the victory. Loyola (CHI) shot 50.0% from the field and 40.9% (9-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Ramblers allowed the Redbirds to shoot 58.3% shooting from the field and was outrebounded by Illinois State by a 32-19 margin. Leading the way for Loyola (CHI) was Montel James who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Montel James (12.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 spg), Milton Doyle (11.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Earl Peterson (9.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 64.3 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field and 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Ramblers average 6.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.90. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 44.3% shooting. The Ramblers average 5.7 steals per game and have a rebound margin of -4.4.

Southern Illinois vs. Loyola (CHI) - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis lost their third straight game and dropped to 18-6 (7-4 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the 21st ranked Wichita State Shockers, 76-55, this past Wednesday. Southern Illinois had no answers on the offense end against the strong Wichita State defense and was never really in the game after the Shockers made it a double-digit game late in the 1st half. Southern Illinois shot just 30.6% from the field and 26.1% (6-23) from beyond the arc. The Salukis allowed the Shockers to shoot 48.1% shooting from the field and committed 22 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for Southern Illinois was Anthony Beane who had 20 points and 2 rebounds. On the season, the Salukis have been led by Anthony Beane (19.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Sean O’Brien (12.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Mike Rodriguez (9.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Southern Illinois is averaging 75.5 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field and 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Salukis average 6.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.87. Defensively, Southern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 69.5 ppg on 44.4% shooting. The Salukis average 7.2 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.9.

The Ramblers are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Salukis are 19-40-3 ATS in their last 62 games following a straight up loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Loyola (CHI) continues to have a difficult year as the Ramblers, who many though would be one of the better MVC teams this season, continue to have trouble finding enough offense to win games. Southern Illinois has been a pleasant surprise in the MVC this season but has yet to show they can contend with the heavyweights of the division as they are just 1-4 against Wichita State, Evansville, and Northern Iowa. Southern Illinois is a solid team however, they can have trouble scoring the ball and I think the Ramblers will be able do just enough to stay within this large point spread on the road. Take Loyola (CHI) and the points. 

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