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Southern Illinois vs. Loyola (CHI) - 2/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Loyola (CHI) at Southern Illinois
Date & Time Sunday February 24, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
SIU Arena
Carbondale, IL
The Line
Southern Illinois Salukis -1 -- Over/Under: 124
TV Channel
ESPNU
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Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will travel to SIU Arena to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 17-11 (10-5 MVC) on the season after defeating the Evansville Purple Aces, 70-58, this past Wednesday. Loyola-Chicago was outstanding on the offensive end against the Purple Aces and had no trouble securing the victory after going in to halftime with a 43-29 lead. Loyola-Chicago shot 55.1% from the field and 63.6% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Marques Townes who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

On the season, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 66.5 ppg on 49.8% shooting from the field. The Ramblers are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola-Chicago has been led by Marques Townes (15.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Cameron Krutwig (14.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 bpg), Clayton Custer (11.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Lucas Williamson (8.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Loyola-Chicago is holding their opponents to an average of 60.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Southern Illinois Salukis dropped to 14-14 (7-8 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Valparaiso Crusaders, 55-52, this past Wednesday. Southern Illinois led by a 28-24 margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Valparaiso took a 55-46 lead with 2:07 left in regulation. Southern Illinois shot just 38.8% from the field and 26.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Salukis was Armon Fletcher who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals.

On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 68.0 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Salukis are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 37.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Illinois has been led by Armon Fletcher (15.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Kavion Pippen (12.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.9 bpg), Aaron Cook (10.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.5 spg), and Eric McGill (9.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.7 spg).

Defensively, Southern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 67.0 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Salukis have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

The Ramblers are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Sunday games and 17-8-1 ATS in their las 26 road games. The Salukis are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Loyola-Chicago has won 5 of their last 8 games and comes into this game rank 316th in scoring offense, 6th in FG%, and 7th in scoring defense.

Southern Illinois has lost 3 of their last 5 games and currently rank 290th in scoring offense, 76th in FG%, and 66th in scoring defense.

Loyola-Chicago has a solid defense and efficient offense and although the Ramblers might not be the same team that made it to the final four last season, the Ramblers are still a very talented. Southern Illinois has a solid defense, however, the Salukis did lose by a 75-50 margin at Loyola-Chicago earlier this season and as I think their offense will struggle once agianst, I’m taking the Ramblers and the point. Good Luck!

Pick:
Loyola-Chicago Ramblers +1

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