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#851 Loyola - Chicago vs.
#852 Illinois State
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 4:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Loyola Chicago Ramblers vs Illinois State Redbirds

Where: Redbird Arena, Normal, IL

When: Sunday, January 19, 4:00 PM. ET.

The Illinois State Redbirds will be trying to snap their four-game losing streak when they take on the Loyola Chicago Ramblers on Sunday afternoon.

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Ramblers Going For Third Consecutive Win

The Ramblers have played well over the last two weeks and have won four of their last five games. They will be going for their third win in a row and fifth win in their last six games when they play the Redbirds on Sunday.

Loyola Chicago is averaging 70 points per game. The team is shooting 51 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. They finished with 64 points in their last game and will need to do a better job offensively if they want to get past the Redbirds.

Marquise Kennedy led the way for the Ramblers with 17 points and three rebounds. Tate Hall finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists, while Keith Clemons added 13 points and two assists for the Ramblers.

Loyola Chicago has done a better job on the defensive end, holding opponents to 61 points per game. They gave up 48 points in their last game and will need another solid defensive effort if they want to pick up the win.

Redbirds Going For Second Win In Six Games

The Redbirds have struggled over the past couple of weeks and come into this game on a four-game losing streak. They will try to snap their losing streak and pick up their second win in their last six games when they play the Ramblers.

Illinois State hasn’t played well offensively, averaging 67.2 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. They finished with 74 points in their last game and will need to keep playing well on offense if they want to get past the Ramblers.

Zach Copeland led the way for the Redbirds with 32 points, four rebounds, and seven assists, while Keith Fisher III added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Redbirds, who finished the game with two players scoring in double figures.

Illinois State hasn’t been as effective on the defensive end, holding opponents to 70.6 points per game. They gave up 84 points in their last game and will need to play considerably better if they want to beat the Ramblers on Sunday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Redbirds haven’t played well offensively, averaging 67.2 points per game. They are averaging 61 points per game in their last for games and will struggle to score against the Ramblers, who are giving up 61 points per game. The Ramblers are averaging 70 points per game, but they will fare better offensively in this game because they are shooting 51 percent from the field and the Redbirds are giving up 70.6 points per game. The Ramblers do a great job of forcing turnovers, with their opponents averaging 14 turnovers per game, which will lead to more scoring opportunities for the team. With the Rambles winning four of the last five meetings between the two teams, Loyola Chicago is the best bet here.

Prediction: Loyola Chicago Ramblers

Full-Game Total Pick

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Neither team has played particularly well on offense so don’t expect that to change in this game. The Ramblers are averaging 70 points per game and will likely be held to their season average by the Redbirds, who are holding opponents to 70.7 points per game in their last four games. The Redbirds are averaging 67.2 points per game, but they will be held under their season average by the Ramblers because they are averaging 61 points per game in their last four games and the Ramblers are holding opponents to 61 points per game, which will keep them under the total in this game. With the two teams playing under the total in five of their last six games, the under is the smart play.

Prediction: Under

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Ramblers will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Redbirds in the first half of their last three games, averaging 34.7 points per game while the Redbirds average 21.7 points per game.

Prediction: Loyola Chicago Ramblers

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The Ramblers and Redbirds are averaging 56.4 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.