Loyola-Chicago vs. Indiana State - 1/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola-Chicago vs. Indiana State - 1/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana State Sycamores (10-7) at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (13-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

The Line: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 130.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Indiana State Sycamores and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers meet in MVC college basketball action from the Gentile Center on Wednesday night.

The Indiana State Sycamores will look to rebound after an 86-77 loss to Valparaiso in their last outing. Tyreke Key led the Sycamores with 27 points on 10 of 15 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds while Jordan Barnes added 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 3 threes, 5 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists. Jake Laravia added 11 points with 7 rebounds and 4 helpers to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Indiana State in the losing effort. Tre Williams added 9 points with 3 assists as well in the defeat. Key leads Indiana State in scoring and rebounding with an average of 18.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while Barnes leads Indiana State in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Indiana State is averaging 71.5 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field, 39.9% from behind the arc and 68.2% from the foul line this season.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 62-50 win over Illinois State last time out. Tate Hall led the Ramblers with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 3 threes, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while Keith Clemons added 10 points as the only other Loyola-Chicago player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Cameron Krutwig added 7 points with a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 assists while Lucas Williamson chipped in 3 steals. Krutwig leads Loyola-Chicago with an average of 15.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 69.6 points per game on 51.1% shooting from the field, which is also the 3rd-best field goal percentage in the country, 36.7% from behind the arc and 67.6% from the foul line this season.

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Indiana State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. Loyola-Chicago is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I’ve been high on Indiana State for much of the season after bouncing back from their horrid start with a pretty solid winning streak. However, the Sycamores have slipped up lately, and Loyola-Chicago is starting to look more and more like the teams that consistently made the NCAA tournament over the last few years, holding teams to just 58.2 points per game at home and outscoring them by 14.8 points while Indiana State is giving up 78.3 points per game on the road this season. I’ll lay the points with Loyola-Chicago in this one.

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