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Loyola-Chicago vs. Indiana State - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana State Sycamores (8-4) at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (7-6)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 131
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The Indiana State Sycamores and Loyola-Chicago Ramblers meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Joseph J. Gentile Center.

The Indiana State Sycamores look for a statement victory after splitting their last six games. The Indiana State Sycamores are averaging 72.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 73.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Jordan Barnes is averaging 20.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while Tyreke Key is averaging 16.9 points and two assists. Christian Williams is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Clayton Hughes is dishing 1.2 assists. The Indiana State Sycamores are shooting 44.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana State Sycamores are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.8 rebounds per game. The Indiana State Sycamores have split their last four road games.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are averaging 67.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 61.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Clayton Custer is averaging 13.8 points and 2.8 assists while Cameron Krutwig is averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Marques Townes is the third double-digit scorer and Lucas Williamson is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have won five of their last eight home games.

The Sycamores are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Missouri Valley. The Ramblers are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 vs. Missouri Valley, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Sycamores are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 16-5 in Ramblers last 21 overall. The over is 41-19-2 in Sycamores last 62 overall.

The Indiana State Sycamores are really struggling on the defensive end, which is why they're struggling to sustain success, as they're allowing almost 80 points per game in their last five games. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have been an offensive powerhouse all season long and that doesn't change at home where they're shooting 49.9 percent from the field and outscoring teams by 9.9 points. If Indiana State can't get stops, this game is sure to get ugly for the road team. I'll back Loyola-Chicago and the reasonable chalk.

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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