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Loyola-Chicago vs. Southern Illinois - 1/27/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Southern Illinois Salukis at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers
Date & Time Sunday January 27, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Joseph J. Gentile Center
Chicago, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Loyola-Chicago -7 -- Over/Under: 122
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Southern Illinois Salukis and Loyola-Chicago Ramblers meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Joseph J. Gentile Center.

The Southern Illinois Salukis could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 67.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 66.9 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Armon Fletcher is averaging 13.5 points and 1.5 assists while Kavion Pippen is averaging 11.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. Aaron Cook is the third double-digit scorer and Eric McGill is dishing 2.6 assists. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.6 rebounds per game. The Southern Illinois Salukis have split their last eight road games.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are averaging 66.7 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 62.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Marques Townes is averaging 14.1 points and 3.5 assists while Cameron Krutwig is averaging 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds. Clayton Custer is the third double-digit scorer and Lucas Williamson is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.4 rebounds per game. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have won their last five home games.

The Salukis are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Ramblers are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 Sunday games and 18-7 ATS in their last 25 vs. Missouri Valley. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 20-8 in Ramblers last 28 overall. The under is 8-2 in Salukis last 10 overall.

The Southern Illinois Salukis aren't winning many games lately, but they've been able to cover a great deal of their games on the road, which includes a 7-2-1 ATS record this season and 49.1 percent shooting. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are just 4-6 ATS at home this season and come into this game allowing over 50 percent shooting in their last five games. The Ramblers have been a bit overpriced this year due to what they did last season. Southern Illinois has shown all year what it's capable of on the road and won't be intimidated in this game. I'll take a stab with the free buckets.

Pick:
Southern Illinois Salukis +7

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