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Indiana State favored by -6.5 against Loyola of Chicago on Wednesday

Indiana State SycamoresLoyola of Chicago Ramblers
14-4January 22, 2014, 08:00 | Joseph J. Gentile Center7-11

The Loyola of Chicago Ramblers will try to cover the spread at Joseph J. Gentile Center on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Indiana State Sycamores in NCAA basketball action.

The Ramblers are 7-11 so far on the season, and 4-11-1 ATS vs. the number. The Sycamores, meanwhile, are 14-4 and 8-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Loyola of Chicago go 7-9 and the Sycamores go 7-7 on the totals.

View Indiana State Sycamores vs Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Ramblers installed as 6.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Ramblers - Sycamores odds would favor the Sycamores if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Loyola of Chicago is rated No. 224 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Indiana State is at No. 47.

Last time out for Loyola of Chicago, they were a 53-48 loser as they battled Evansville on the road. They earned a push in the match as a 5-point underdog. Christian Thomas scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Ramblers to a win (they lost 53-48 to Evansville at Ford Center on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Loyola of Chicago's No. 225 nationally ranked offense (66.72 points per game) against a Sycamores defense that sits as the No. 111 at 68.39 PPG. The Ramblers have been averaging 48.33% from the field, more than the Sycamores have managed so far this season (47.81% on average).

A few Sycamores at Ramblers trends to consider:
Indiana State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana State's last 6 games
Indiana State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Indiana State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Loyola of Chicago
Loyola of Chicago is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Loyola of Chicago's last 6 games
Loyola of Chicago is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Loyola of Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana State

Next up:
Indiana State home to Illinois State, Saturday, January 25th
Loyola of Chicago at Northern Iowa, Saturday, January 25th