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Missouri State vs. Loyola of Chicago - 2/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (13-14) at Missouri State Bears (11-16)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm (JQH Arena)

The Line: Missouri State Bears -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers will travel to JQH Arena to take on the Missouri State Bears this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action. 

The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers improved to 13-14 (6-9 MVC) on the season after defeating the Northern Iowa Panthers, 59-56, this past Wednesday. Loyola (CHI) was able to fight back from a 38-31 deficit early in the 2nd half and got a big three-point play by Montel James late in the game to secure the win. Loyola (CHI) shot 41.7% from the field and 93.3% (14-15) from the FT line. The Ramblers held the Panthers to 31.3% shooting from the field and 32.0% (8-25) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Loyola (CHI) was Milton Doyle who had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Ramblers have been led by Montel James (12.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Milton Doyle (11.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.1 apg), and Devon Turk (10.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg). Offensively, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 64.4 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field and 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Ramblers average 5.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.89. Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 64.6 ppg on 43.3% shooting. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of -4.4 and a turnover margin of 1.7.  

Missouri State vs. Loyola of Chicago - 2/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Missouri State Bears dropped to 11-16 (7-8 MVC) after being defeated by the Wichita State Shockers, 99-68, this past Thursday. Missouri State struggled on both sides of the ball in the 1st half and couldn’t make a run in the 2nd half after falling behind 51-27 at halftime. Missouri State shot just 21.4% from the field and lost the turnover battle by an 18-10 margin. The Bears allowed the Shockers to shoot 59.1% from the field and 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Missouri State was Obediah Church who had 14 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Bears have been led by Dequon Miller (12.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.9 apg), Chris Kendrix (12.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Camyn Boone (11.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Missouri State is averaging 68.0 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field and 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bears average 5.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.93. Defensively, Missouri State is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 44.9% shooting. The Bears have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of -0.7.  

The Ramblers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Bears are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss however, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.  

Loyola (CHI) hasn’t lived up to expectations this season as although they have an outstanding defense, their offensive has struggled throughout the season as they rank just 328th in the country in scoring offense. Missouri State had no answers for Wichita State in the recent game and although they are just 11-16 on the season, they’ve have been solid in conference play at home this season posting a 4-3 record. Loyola (CHI) just pulled off a surprising upset against Northern Iowa, however, as they’ve averaged just 57.8 ppg on the road this season, I think the Bears will do enough on their home court to pull off the win and cover this small spread. 

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