Loyola of Chicago vs. Illinois State - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois State Redbirds (13-8) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (13-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
The Line: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois State Redbirds and Loyola Ramblers meet Saturday at the Joseph J. Gentile Center.
The Illinois State Redbirds have won five of their last seven games and play their eighth true road game. On the season, Illinois State is averaging 69.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 63.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Daishon Knight is averaging 15.1 points and 2.5 assists while DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. Reggie Lynch is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Bobby Hunter is shooting 49.6 percent from the field. The Illinois State Redbirds have eight players averaging at least 6.2 points, and they’re shooting 71.8 percent from the line and 35.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, Illinois State is allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 57 or less points in three straight games.
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The Loyola Ramblers hope to get back on track after losing five of their last six games. On the season, Loyola is averaging 61.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and is allowing 60.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Christian Thomas is averaging 11.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while Montel James is averaging 8.4 points and four rebounds. Donte Ingram is grabbing 3.4 rebounds and Earl Peterson is shooting 48 percent from the field. The Loyola Ramblers have five players averaging at least 5.5 points, and they’re shooting 70.8 percent from the line and 40.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, Loyola is allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five of its last six games.
The Redbirds are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Ramblers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
It's quite clear the Illinois State Redbirds are the better team of the two and should be able to cover the small number.