Loyola Chicago at Illinois State - 2/21/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Loyola Chicago at Illinois State - 2/21/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by George Walker IV / Tennessean.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

Illinois State Redbirds (11-17) vs Loyola Chicago Ramblers (20-6)

Game Info: Monday, February 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Redbird Arena)

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The Loyola Chicago Ramblers will travel to play the Illinois State Redbirds in a MVC game on Monday.

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers are 20-6 (11-4) this season and have won two of their last three games. Loyola is coming off of a loss against Drake by a score of 83-76. Loyola Chicago allowed Drake to shoot 56.3% from the field and was -6 in rebounding margin in the game. Lucas Williamson led the Ramblers with 27 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. Loyola Chicago is averaging 74.2 points per game and is giving up 63.1 points per game against, while also averaging 32.9 rebounds per game and 15.2 assists per game. Lucas Williamson is averaging 14 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game, while Braden Norris is averaging 10.1 points per game and 4.2 assists per game for the Ramblers. Loyola Chicago is shooting 48.9% on field goals, 71.9% on free throws, and 38.6% on three pointers.

The Illinois State Redbirds are 11-17 (4-11) this season and have lost eight of their last nine games. Illinois State lost to Bradley by a score of 72-64 in their last game. Illinois State shot 42.9% from the field and was -7 in rebounding margin in the loss. Antonio Reeves led the Redbirds with 20 points and 3 rebounds in the game. Illinois State is averaging 75.7 points per game and is giving up 75.7 points per game against, while also averaging 35.7 rebounds per game and 12.3 assists per game. Antonio Reeves is averaging 20.2 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game, while Sy Chatman is averaging 13.5 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Redbirds. Illinois State is shooting 45.1% on field goals, 74% on free throws, and 36.6% on three pointers.

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Loyola Chicago is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games and 18-7-4 ATS in their last 29 Monday games. The over is 5-2 in Loyola Chicago’s last 7 games. Illinois State is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Monday games. The over is 4-1 in Illinois State’s last 5 home games. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Loyola Chicago comes into this game only 0.5 games back of first place in the conference, while Illinois State is second from the bottom. The one positive for Illinois State is that they have been very competitive, losing a few games by one possession. The difference here is going to be the Loyola Chicago defense. I like the Ramblers here.

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David’s Pick Loyola Chicago -8.5

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