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Loyola-Chicago vs. Illinois State - 3/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State Redbirds (18-14) at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (27-5)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and Illinois State Redbirds meet Sunday in the college basketball MVC Championship at the Scottrade Center.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers look for one more victory after beating the Bradley Braves on Saturday. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are averaging 72.7 points on 51 percent shooting and allowing 62.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Clayton Custer is averaging 13.8 points and 4.2 assists while Donte Ingram is averaging 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds. Marques Townes is the third double-digit scorer and Aundre Jackson is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have won six of their last seven neutral site games.

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Loyola-Chicago vs. Illinois State - 3/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois State Redbirds look for one more victory after beating Southern Illinois on Saturday. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 72.2 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 73.7 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Milik Yarbrough is averaging 16.9 points and 4.8 assists while Phil Fayne is averaging 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. Keyshawn Evans is the third double-digit scorer and Madison Williams is dishing 1.4 assists. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois State Redbirds are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Illinois State Redbirds have won four of their last five neutral site games.

The Redbirds are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Missouri Valley and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Ramblers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The underdog is 9-0 ATS in the last 9 meetings. 

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have won both meetings this season, including the matchup a week ago. Loyola-Chicago is also in lights out form right now, shooting 49 percent from the field in its last five games. I'll lay the chalk here.

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