Missouri State Bears vs. Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/25/14
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (9-19) at Missouri State Bears (18-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm (JQH Arena)
The Line: Missouri State Bears -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Missouri State eyes sole possession of third place in the MVC when they welcome Loyola (ILL) to JQH Arena Tuesday.
The Breakdown: The Bears improved to 8-8 and sit four-way tie for third place in the conference after a 77-66 upset of second place Indiana State Saturday. Missouri State outshot the Sycamores from the floor 44.7 percent to 36.2 percent and from outside the arc 43.8 percent to 20.8 percent, while converting 28 of 32 from the free throw line. The Bears also came away with a slim 28-27 advantage on the boards and forced 15 turnovers. Freshman G Austin Ruder scored a game-high 15 points, including 3 of 7 from distance, senior F Jarmar Gulley had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, and junior G Rob Mvouika added 12 points off the bench. On the season, Missouri State is averaging 71.0 ppg on 44.1 percent shooting. Gulley leads the team in scoring with 15.1 ppg, followed by sophomore G Marcus Marshall at 14.3 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Loyola (ILL) sits in a tie with Evansville for last place in the conference at 4-12 and come in off its lowest output of the season in a 55-38 drubbing at Bradley Saturday. The Ramblers shot a dismal 26.5 percent from the floor and connected on just 1 of 18 from outside the arc to the Braves’ 38.0 percent from the field and 3 of 8 from downtown. Loyola finished with 42-32 advantage on the boards, but committed a whopping 23 turnovers. Junior F Christian Thomas scored a team-high 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, freshman G Milton Doyle had 7 points and 3 steals, and sophomore G Jeff White added 6 points. Through 28 games, the Ramblers are averaging 65.8 ppg on 46.5 percent shooting. Doyle leads the team with 15.6 ppg, followed by Thomas at 13.5 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -8.5 for Missouri State. The Bears put a 32 point hurtin on the Ramblers Jan.5 and have a fairly big edge statistically. Look for Missouri State to cover.