Illinois State vs. Loyola-Chicago - 1/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (12-6) at Illinois State Redbirds (6-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Redbird Arena)
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds +3.5 -- Over/Under: 129 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and the Illinois State Redbirds meet in MVC college basketball action from the Redbird Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 75-58 win over Southern Illinois in their last outing. Marquise Kennedy led the Ramblers with 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes while Tate Hall came right behind with 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Keith Clemons added 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Loyola-Chicago in the win while Cameron Krutwig had 8 points with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 5 assists, but still leads Loyola-Chicago with an average of 15.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 70 points per game on 51.3% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 67% from the foul line this season.
The Illinois State Redbirds will look to snap a four-game losing streak after an 84-74 loss to Drake last time out. Zach Copeland led the Redbirds with 32 points on 11 of 23 shooting with 8 threes and a team-high 7 assists while Keith Fisher III added 13 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double as the only other Illinois State player to score in double figures in the loss. Jaycee Hillsman added 5 points with 4 assists while DJ Horne added 8 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Copeland leads Illinois State in scoring with an average of 15.3 points per game while Fisher III leads the Redbirds in rebounding with 5.5 rebounds per game and Torres leads Illinois State in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Illinois State is averaging 67.2 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 35.2% from behind the arc and 68% from the foul line this season.
Loyola-Chicago is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. Illinois State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
The points with Illinois State as a home dog are tempting when you consider how much success the underdog’s had in this matchup, but the problem is that Illinois State is only outscoring teams by 2.4 points per game at home this season and are being outscored by 6.6 points per game in conference play this season. The Ramblers haven’t been great against the number on the road themselves, but they’re playing much better right now and are allowing just 55.6 points per game against the rest of the MVC this season. I’ll lay the bucket with the Ramblers on the road in this one.