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Southern Illinois favored by -5 against Loyola of Chicago on Saturday

Loyola of Chicago RamblersSouthern Illinois Salukis
8-13February 01, 2014, 04:05 | SIU Arena7-15

The Southern Illinois Salukis host Loyola of Chicago on Saturday, looking to build on their 7-15 mark against the 8-13 Ramblers in college hoops action at SIU Arena.

The Salukis currently sports a 7-15 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 9-11 ATS. The Ramblers are 8-13 and 7-11-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Salukis produce a 8-11-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Ramblers have gone 8-11 against the number.

View Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Loyola of Chicago before tip-off in this one found them as 5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Salukis at No. 210 and the Ramblers at No. 225 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Loyola of Chicago, they were a 57-45 loser as they battled Wichita State on the road. They covered in the match as a 20.5-point underdog. Loyola of Chicago got 16 points from Milton Doyle but lost anyway, 57-45, to Wichita State on Tuesday at Charles Koch Arena.

In their last action, Southern Illinois was a 79-60 winner at home against Indiana State. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Southern Illinois earned a 79-60 victory over Indiana State on Wednesday, getting 22 points from Anthony Beane at SIU Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Southern Illinois has the nation's No. 215-rated offensive output, at 67.23 PPG. The visiting Ramblers defense ranks No. 68 allowing on average 66.62 PPG. The Salukis FG% has averaged 46.49% so far, less than the Ramblers marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.95% per game.

A few Ramblers at Salukis trends to consider:
Loyola of Chicago is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Loyola of Chicago is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Loyola of Chicago's last 6 games
Loyola of Chicago is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Southern Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Southern Illinois is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Illinois's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Loyola of Chicago home to Bradley, Thursday, February 6th
Southern Illinois at Drake, Tuesday, February 4th