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NCAA hoops odds preview - Illinois State vs. Loyola of Chicago

Illinois State RedbirdsLoyola of Chicago Ramblers
13-10February 09, 2014, 04:00 | Joseph J. Gentile Center8-15

The Loyola of Chicago Ramblers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Illinois State Redbirds at Joseph J. Gentile Center on Sunday in NCAA hoops play.

Loyola of Chicago battles the Redbirds, currently sitting with a 13-10 mark (10-12 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-12 for the Ramblers and 11-10 for the Redbirds.

View Illinois State Redbirds vs Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Ramblers in this one found them listed as -1-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Sunday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Redbirds was expected to move the line.

The Ramblers sit at No. 212 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Redbirds sit at No. 152 on the same chart.

Illinois State was a 76-65 winner in its last match at home against Northern Iowa. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. Bobby Hunter scored 17 points leading the Redbirds to a 76-65 victory over Northern Iowa at Redbird Arena on Wednesday.

Loyola of Chicago lost its last outing, a 63-54 result against Bradley on February 6. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. The Ramblers got 16 points from Milton Doyle, but it was Bradley that prevailed in a 63-54 final on Thursday at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Redbirds is ranked No. 115 in NCAA hoops at 35.91 per game. Contrast that with Loyola of Chicago’s No. 239 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Loyola of Chicago is the No. 138-ranked team in the country at 5.96 per game, while Illinois State rates No. 57 at 7.39 per game.

Next up:
Illinois State at Evansville, Wednesday, February 12th
Loyola of Chicago at Northern Iowa, Wednesday, February 12th