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Illinois State vs. Loyola-Chicago - 1/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (12-4) at Illinois State Redbirds (9-7)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Redbird Arena)

The Line: Illinois State Redbirds 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers will travel to Redbird Arena to take on the Illinois State Redbirds this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers improved to 12-4 (2-2 MVC) on the season after defeating the Northern Iowa Panthers, 56-50, this past Sunday. Loyola (CHI) had all they could handle against the Northern Iowa defense, however, was able to secure the victory after holding the Panthers to just two points over the final 4:30 of regulation. Loyola (CHI) shot 35.2% from the field and 40.9% (9-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Clayton Custer who had 11 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 71.9 ppg on 49.9% shooting from the field. The Ramblers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 41.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola (CHI) has been led by Aundre Jackson (12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), Clayton Custer (12.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Marques Townes (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Donte Ingram (11.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 64.1 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of -0.8.

Illinois State vs. Loyola-Chicago - 1/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois State Redbirds improved to 9-7 (3-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Missouri State Bears, 72-68, this past Sunday. Illinois State allowed Missouri State to take a 3-point lead with just 3:46 left in regulation after the Redbirds were up by a 38-29 margin at halftime, however, Illinois State used an 11-5 run to retake the lead with under a minute left and held on for the victory. Illinois State shot 40.4% from the field and forced Missouri State to commit 18 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Redbirds was Milik Yarbrough who had 23 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and 4 steals. On the season, Illinois State is averaging 74.2 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Redbirds are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Illinois State has been led by Milik Yarbrough (17.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.1 spg) Keyshawn Evans (17.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.3 apg), Phil Fayne (16.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.3 spg), and Madison Williams (6.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Illinois State is allowing their opponents to average 76.1 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Redbirds have a rebound margin of -7.2 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

The Ramblers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a straight up win. The Redbirds are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games however, are just 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.

Loyola (CHI) was able to get back on the winning track with their victory over Northern Iowa and come into this matchup with one of the better defenses in the country as the Ramblers rank T-27th in scoring defense and 65th in defensive FG%. Illinois State has won 5 of their last 6 games and come into this matchup ranked 195th in scoring offense, 106th in assists per game, and 45th in three-pointers made per game. Illinois State does a decent job creating turnovers, however, the Ramblers should have an easier time protecting the ball with Clayton Custer back in the line-up and as the Ramblers have shown their ability with their road victory at Florida, I think the Ramblers do enough to win this pick-em. 

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