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Missouri State vs. Loyola (CHI) - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Loyola (CHI) at Missouri State
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
JQH Arena
Springfield, MO
The Line
Missouri State Tigers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5
TV Channel
CBS Sports Network
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Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will travel to JQH Arena to take on the Missouri State Bears this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-7 (5-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Indiana State Sycamores, 75-67, this past Saturday. Loyola-Chicago was outstanding on the offensive end and was able to pull away for the victory after taking a 68-60 lead with 1:10 left in regulation. Loyola-Chicago shot 53.2% from the field and 60.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Cameron Krutwig who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

On the season, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 68.8 ppg on 50.1% shooting from the field. The Ramblers are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola-Chicago has been led by Marques Townes (14.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.6 apg), Cameron Krutwig (13.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 bpg), Clayton Custer (13.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 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 61.0 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The Missouri State Bears lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-11 (2-4 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Drake Bulldogs, 74-63, this past Sunday. Missouri State had no answers on the defensive end against the hot-shooting Bulldogs and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 37-24 margin at halftime. Missouri State shot 46.2% from the field, however, allowed Drake to shoot 46.7% from the field & 45.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Tulio Da Silva who had 12 points, 8 rebounds, & 1 assist.

On the season, Missouri State is averaging 74.5 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Missouri State has been led by Tulio Da Silva (15.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Jarred Dixon (14.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Keandre Cook (12.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg), and Ryan Kreklow (8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Missouri State is allowing their opponents to average 73.8 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of -0.2 and a turnover margin of 3.0.

The Ramblers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games vs. MVC opponents. The Bears are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

Loyola-Chicago has won 5 of their last 6 games and are led by a strong defense that ranks 9th in scoring defense and an efficient offense that ranks 10th in FG% & 85th in 3P-FG%. Missouri State has lost 4 of their last 6 games and come into this game ranked T-156th in scoring offense, 101st in FG%, and 241st in scoring defense.

Loyola-Chicago has started to look a bit more like the team we saw last season as they have an outstanding defense and is a team that knows how to make shots on the offensive end. Missouri State has a great player in South Florida transfer, Tulio Da Silva, however, the defense is a bit of a concern as they’ve really struggled defending the three-pointer this season. Missouri State is a tough place to play, however, as I think the Ramblers will be able to some damage on the offense end, I think Loyola-Chicago will be able to do enough to cover this mid-range road spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -4.5

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