Southern Illinois at Loyola-Chicago: 1/25/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Southern Illinois at Loyola-Chicago: 1/25/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by MACABE BROWN / Courier & Press / USA TODAY NETWORK

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (14-3) vs Southern Illinois Salukis (10-9)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

Betting Odds: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 127.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Southern Illinois Salukis and Loyola Chicago Ramblers face off on Tuesday in a college basketball showdown at Gentile Arena. When these two teams faced off in March of 2021 it was Loyola Chicago that won 73-49. 

Southern Illinois comes into this game with a 10-9 record overall and they have gone 10-8 record overall. Southern Illinois has been up and down this season, and in the last game against Bradley they were defeated. The offense scored only 62 points, and that led to the eight point defeat. Southern Illinois is averaging 65.1 points while their defense is giving up 61.4 points per game. Marcus Domask has been the top player for Southern Illinois averaging 15.8 points while shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from behind the three point line. This is a good test for this team to see where they really are. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Loyola Chicago Ramblers who sit with a 14-3 record and they have gone 6-7-3 against the spread. In the last game against Missouri State, the defense really struggled giving up 79 points and that led to the 10 point defeat. The Ramblers are averaging 77.4 points while their defense is giving up 63.2 points per game. Lucas Williamson has been the top player for Loyola Chicago averaging 12.4 points while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Southern Illinois is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall. Loyola Chicago is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games. The over is 5-1 in Loyola Chicago’s last six games overall. The over is 13-3 in Loyola Chicago’s last 16 home games. The over is 4-1 in the Rambers last five home games against a team with a losing road record. 

Loyola Chicago didn’t look great in the last game, but this is a much better matchup for them. Southern Illinois offense isn’t great, and they are going to struggle in this game against the Ramblers' defense. Back Loyola Chicago against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Loyola Chicago -12.5

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