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College basketball point spread favors Bears in battle with Ramblers

Missouri State BearsLoyola of Chicago Ramblers
11-2January 05, 2014, 04:00 | Joseph J. Gentile Center5-8

The Loyola of Chicago Ramblers will hit the floor running against the visiting Missouri State Bears Sunday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Ramblers bring a 5-8 record (2-9 ATS) to this tilt against the 11-2 Bears, who are 3-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Loyola of Chicago go 5-6 so far and the Bears go 7-0.

View Missouri State Bears vs Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Missouri State before tip-off in this one found them as -3-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Ramblers at No. 261 and the Bears at No. 246 heading into this contest.

Missouri State won its last outing, a 78-70 result against Illinois State on January 2. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. The Bears grabbed a 78-70 win over the Redbirds on Thursday, behind a 22-point effort from Jarmar Gulley at JQH Arena.

In their last action, Loyola of Chicago was a 70-58 loser on the road against Indiana State. They covered the 14-point spread as underdogs. The Ramblers got 19 points from Christian Thomas, but it was Indiana State that prevailed in a 70-58 final on Wednesday at Hulman Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Loyola of Chicago's No. 219 nationally ranked offense (67.46 points per game) against a Bears defense that sits as the No. 133 at 69.62 PPG. The Ramblers have been averaging 48.33% from the field, more than the Bears have managed so far this season (43.32% on average).

Next up:
Missouri State at Bradley, Wednesday, January 8th
Loyola of Chicago at Southern Illinois, Wednesday, January 8th