Missouri State vs. Loyola-Chicago - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Missouri State vs. Loyola-Chicago - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (19-9) at Missouri State Bears (13-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 3:30 pm (JQH Arena)

The Line: Missouri State Bears +1 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will travel to JQH Arena in Springfield, MO to take on the Missouri State Bears this Saturday in a MVC showdown, tipping off at 3:30 EST.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are winners of their past four games and improved to 19-9 (11-4 MVC) on the season after defeating the Illinois State Redbirds, 84-69, this past Wednesday.  The Ramblers and Redbirds battled for most of the game, with Illinois State taking a 34-31 lead into half. Loyola-Chicago, however, was able to grab the lead for good, 49-48, with 13:24 remaining in regulation, eventually pushing the lead to 18 at 79-61 in what ended as a blowout.  The Ramblers shot 58.5% from the field and an impressive 52.2% from beyond the arc. Tate Hall led the way for Loyola-Chicago with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

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On the season, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 69.0 points per game on 50.1% shooting from the field.  The Ramblers are also averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting. Cameron Krutwig (15.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.3 apg), Tate Hall (13.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg) and Keith Clemons (9.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.1 apg) have been the leaders on offense for Loyola Chicago this season.

Defensively, Loyola-Chicago is holding their opponents to just 61.9 points per game on 44.0% shooting from the field.  The Ramblers are averaging 7.9 steals per game helping achieve a turnover margin of 3.1 on the season.

The Missouri State Bears lost their last contest and dropped to 13-15 (7-8 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Bradley Braves, 83-79, in a tight one this past Wednesday.  The Bears were down 41-32 at the half but battled back to force extra time in the second half. Tied at 72 to start OT, Missouri State and Bradley were still tied at 79 with just 0:57 ticks remaining.  The Braves held the Bears scoreless in the final minute and came away with the victory. Missouri State shot just 35.5% from the field and 21.7% from three-point range. Lamont West led the way for the Bears with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks.

On the season, Missouri State is averaging 69.2 points from the game on 43.4% shooting from the field.  The Bears are also netting 6.8 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Keandre Cook (14.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg), Gaige Prim (13.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 apg) and Tulio Da Silva (9.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg) have been the top performers on offense this season for Missouri State.

Defensively, Missouri State is allowing their opponents to score 67.4 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field.  The Bears are grabbing 6.1 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -1.3.

Loyola-Chicago is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on the road, but are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against Missouri State.  Missouri State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games and 6-7 ATS at home this season.

The Ramblers come into the matchup with the 18th ranked scoring defense to go along with an offense that ranks 4th in the country in FG%.  The Bears rank 39th in the country with a rebound margin of 5.3 and 61st in free-throw percentage, knocking them down at 74.4%.

It seems the best advantage Missouri State will have in this game will be on the glass, however it’s tough to grab rebounds if your opponent doesn’t miss.  I think Loyola-Chicago continues their good play of late and shoots well in an arena the Ramblers perform well in. I’m taking Loyola Chicago to cover the low spread on the road in this game.

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