Southern Illinois Salukis vs Loyola Ramblers prediction and college basketball game preview.
Loyola vs Southern Illinois Broadcast
Date: Saturday, February 27
Game Time: 6:00 ET
Venue: Joseph J Gentile Arena, Chicago, IL
Network: CBS Sports Network
Southern Illinois (11-12) vs Loyola (20-4) Game Preview
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Why Southern Illinois Will Win
The Salukis didn’t play well in the 60-52 loss on Friday and it was still close.
It only shot two free throws – missing them both – and the team that doesn’t turn the ball over a lot gave it away 18 times. Give credit to Loyola for forcing the mistakes – the Ramblers had this after a slow start – but if SIU stay hot from three after hitting 12-of-20, and if it can avoid the big mistakes on a consistent basis, it’ll have a chance.
Like the Friday matchup, the scoring won’t get out of hand and SIU should be able to stay in range all game long.
Why Loyola Will Win
No, Southern Illinois didn’t play as well as it could and should, but Loyola couldn’t shoot a like – especially from the outside – and it still won because the defense came through like it needed to.
The Ramblers were great at getting to the line – hitting 13-of-14 free throws – but only hit 5-of-27 shots from three. The first part of that will happen again, but the second won’t. Loyola will be stronger from the outside, the defensive pressure should stay, and …
What’s Going To Happen
Again, Loyola couldn’t shoot well and still won.
Like the first meeting, don’t expect offensive fireworks, but the Rambler defense will come through once again and the shots will start falling from the outside. This will never get out of hand, but Loyola will win control throughout.
Loyola vs Southern Illinois Prediction, Line
Loyola 70, Southern Illinois 56
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Line: Loyola -19, o/u: 123
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2.5
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