Southern Illinois at Loyola-Chicago: 2/26/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Southern Illinois at Loyola-Chicago: 2/26/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (19-4) vs Southern Illinois Salukis (11-11)

Game Info: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

Betting Odds: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -19 -- Over/Under: 125.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Southern Illinois Salukis will travel to the 21st ranked Loyola Chicago Ramblers this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Southern Illinois Salukis snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 11-11 on the season after defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders, 67-64, this past Monday night. Southern Illinois was outstanding on the offensive end against Valparaiso and held off the Crusaders late after taking a 59-49 lead with 7:34 left in regulation. Southern Illinois shot 53.2% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc while Valparaiso shot 43.1% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc. Southern Illinois outrebounded Valparaiso by a 30-29 margin and forced 12 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Salukis was Lance Jones who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, & 4 assists.

On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 66.9 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Salukis are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Illinois has been led by Lance Jones (12.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Ben Harvey (10.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), Kyler Filewich (7.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), & Trent Brown (6.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg).

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Defensively, Southern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Salukis have a rebound margin of -4.3 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The 21st ranked Loyola Chicago Ramblers improved to 19-4 on the season after defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders, 54-52 this past Wednesday. Loyola Chicago had all they could handle from Valparaiso, however, the Ramblers were able to hold off the Crusaders after taking a 54-48 lead with 1:39 left in regulation. Loyola Chicago shot 38.5% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc while Valparaiso shot 50.0% from the field and 31.3% from beyond the arc. Loyola Chicago was outrebounded by Valparaiso by a 30-29 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 12-8 margin. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Keith Clemons who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 steals.

On the season, Loyola Chicago is averaging 72.3 ppg on 51.1% shooting from the field. The Ramblers are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Chicago has been led by Cameron Krutwig (15.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Lucas Williamson (8.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Aher Ugark (7.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 apg), & Tate Hall (7.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.7 apg).

Defensively, Loyola Chicago is holding their opponents to an average of 55.7 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Salukis are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Ramblers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Southern Illinois has really struggled in MVC play this season and come into this game losing 11 of their last 15 games which ranking just 272nd in scoring offense, 278th in defensive FG%, & 301st in rebound margin. Loyola Chicago should be in the NCAA tournament whether or not they win the MVC Championship and rightly so as the Ramblers have been incredible on both sides of the ball as the Ramblers rank 3rd in FG%, 1st in scoring defense, & 37th in defensive FG%. Loyola Chicago is a perfect 11-0 at home this season and despite this being a large spread, I think the Ramblers win this one by 20+ and cover in this one. Good Luck!

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