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Loyola-Chicago vs. Missouri State - 2/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Missouri State at Loyola-Chicago
Date & Time Sunday February 17, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Joseph J. Gentile Center
Chicago, Illinois.
The Line
The Line: Loyola-Chicago -6.5 -- Over/Under: 124.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Missouri State Bears and Loyola-Chicago Ramblers meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Joseph J. Gentile Center.

The Missouri State Bears look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Missouri State Bears are averaging 69.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Tulio Da Silva is averaging 14.9 points and seven rebounds while Keandre Cook is averaging 13.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. Jarred Dixon is the third double-digit scorer and Kabir Mohammed is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Missouri State Bears are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Missouri State Bears are allowing 40.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29 rebounds per game. The Missouri State Bears have won four of their last six road games.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are averaging 66.2 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 61.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Marques Townes is averaging 15.3 points and 3.7 assists while Cameron Krutwig is averaging 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds. Clayton Custer is the third double-digit scorer and Lucas Williamson is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.3 rebounds per game. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have won their last eight home games.

The Bears are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games and 16-38-1 ATS in their last 55 Sunday games. The Ramblers are 23-8-1 ATS in their last 32 Sunday games, 21-10 ATS in their last 31 vs. Missouri Valley and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Bears are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Loyola-Chicago and 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 23-11 in Ramblers last 34 overall. The under is 13-3 in Bears last 16 overall.

We're getting free points with a Missouri State team that beat Loyola-Chicago last month, 35-70. The Ramblers were held to 34.3 percent shooting and scored just 11 points in the second half. However, that's the reason I'm going to back the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and the reasonable number, as if that's not motivation for revenge, I'm not sure what is. Besides, the Missouri State Bears are just 4-10 ATS on the road this season and have serious issues defending the three ball. Expect a motivated Loyola-Chicago squad that wins this game comfortably. 

Pick:
Loyola-Chicago -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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